Issue #153  12/5/2008
Photo LA Opens On Jan. 8th At Barker Hanger At Santa Monica Airport and Will Run Through Sunday, Jan. 11th

Photo L.A. 2009, the 18th annual international Los Angeles photographic art exposition, will take place from January 9-11, 2009 at the historic Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport. Photo L.A. 2009 will feature photography for sale, from the earliest 19th-century photographic experiments to the most contemporary photography and photo-based art. Seventy of the world's leading galleries and private dealers representing international and U.S.-based artists will display work at the show.

The fair begins with an opening night reception benefiting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) photography department on Thursday, January 8 from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Public hours for the show are Friday, January 9 and Saturday, January 10, from noon-8 p.m.; and Sunday, January 11, from noon-6 p.m. Tickets are $20 for a two-day pass, and $30 for a three-day pass.

"We are pleased to be teaming up with LACMA this year. Los Angeles is the creative hub for artists and a major creative center in terms of the production of contemporary photography. Together with LACMA, we are planning a number of special programs for our visitors, featuring some of today's most renowned artists," says Stephen Cohen, president of Artfairs, Inc. and director of Photo L.A. "Photo L.A. continues to grow each year, with an increasing number of new and returning exhibitors and visitors. This year, the Barker Hangar will serve as a prime space for the fair to present its largest collection of Los Angeles based artists and international exhibitors," he continued.

Programming highlights at Photo L.A. include the LACMA Artist Conversation Series & Book Signings with Charlotte Cotton, LACMA's head curator of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, on Saturday, January 10, from noon-6 p.m. Cotton will speak with leading photographers, including David Maisel (noon-1:30 p.m.), Susan Meiselas (2 p.m.-3 p.m.), Bruce Davidson (3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.), and Diane Keaton & Marvin Heiferman (5 p.m.–6 p.m.) to discuss their new publications. Book signings with the photographers will follow each conversation. Highly acclaimed photographer and UCLA professor, Catherine Opie, is also scheduled to lecture at Photo L.A. on January 11, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Ruskin Group Theater, adjacent to the fair (3000 Airport Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405). Opie currently has a major retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, and recently published a catalogue of her photographic works.

Among the 70-plus photo dealers and galleries at Photo L.A., I Photo Central galleries Andrew Smith Gallery and Contemporary Works/Vintage Works will be exhibiting work there.

Andrew Smith Gallery will feature an all-California line-up, entitled "From Carleton Watkins to Ansel Adams". Work by Carleton Watkins, Edward Muybridge, Timothy O'Sullivan, Adam Clark Vroman, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams will trace the history of landscape photography in California from 1861 to the early 1950s. The gallery will be exhibiting exquisite vintage prints from Watkin's round-top albumen mammoth plates from his first trip to Yosemite in 1861, to O'Sullivan's exceedingly rare work in the Great Basin with the King Survey in 1867, to Muybridge mammoth plate prints of Yosemite from the early 1870s, to Vroman's platinum prints in California in the late 1890s and early 1900s, to Edward Weston's Dunes, Clouds and Trees from the 1920s and 1930s, and finally to Ansel Adams's magnificent landscapes, from his vintage prints from the early 1920s to his grand landscapes of the 1950s. To see all of Andrew Smith Gallery's inventory on I Photo Central, click here: http://www.iphotocentral.com/search/result_list.php/64/14/0 .

Contemporary Works/Vintage Works will feature a major selection of Robert Mapplethorpe images, plus a large group of masterworks from top photographers, including , André Kertész, Édouard Boubat, Horst, Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Aaron Siskind, Harry Callahan, Edward Steichen, Irving Penn, Francois Kollar, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Dorothea Lange, Lee Friedlander, Barbara Morgan, Clarence John Laughlin, Ilse Bing, Brassai, Edward Weston, Frantisek Drtikol, Josef Sudek, Helen Levitt, Raoul Ubac, Walker Evans, Arnold Newman, Carl Mydans, Brett Weston, Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis, Eugene Atget and Ralph Meatyard. We will also have on hand some wonderful 19th-century material (Le Gray, Fenton, Bisson Freres, Baldus, Marville, Southworth & Hawes, De Launay, Negre, Teynard, De Clercq, Fortier, Richebourg, Frith, Disderi, Clifford, Salzmann, etc.), so please be sure to ask us about it. We also represent contemporary work by Stanko Abadžic, Arthur Tress, Lisa Holden, Michael Philip Manheim, Krzysztof Pruszkowski, Claudia Kunin and Mitch Dobrowner, and will have examples in our booth. To see a selection of Contemporary Works/Vintage Works top photographs, click here: http://www.iphotocentral.com/search/result_list.php/128/1/0 .

For a complete list of exhibitors and additional information on Photo L.A., visit http://www.artfairsinc.com/photola/2009 , or call 1-323-937-4659.