Issue #66  1/6/2004
Photo LA Coming Up Next Week: a Preview and a Discount For Our Readers

Photo LA 2004, the 13th annual Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition will be held January 15-18, 2004 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., Santa Monica, CA.

Eighty galleries and private dealers from across the country and around the globe will participate in the largest and longest running photographic art exhibition in the West.

The photographic art, from the earliest 19th-century photographic experiments to the contemporary photography and photo-based art, will be exhibited for sale. Vintage Works, Ltd., one of our companies, will be exhibiting at the show and we will be bringing numerous masterworks. Look for us in booth 30. If we are slow in answering your email, this show will be the reason why. I Photo Central member Gallerie Hypnos will join us in the booth to add an international flavor. Another I Photo Central member, Lee Gallery, will also be exhibiting at the show.

Last year's event saw record attendance, attracting over 6000 visitors, and more are expected this year. Organizer Steve Cohen tells me that ticket sales for the preview this year are nearly ten times what they were last year, and that other pre-event ticket sales are running about twice as much. The photo market is back and this is a great opportunity to see what is available.

The opening night reception will take place on Thursday, January 15, 2004, from 6 to 9 pm and will be hosted by Viggo Mortensen. The proceeds will benefit the Photography Department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Tickets to the gala celebration are fifty dollars and may be purchased at the door on the evening of the event or through LACMA. To place ticket orders please call 932-5846.

Seminars and lecture panels will be held Friday, January 16-18. Seminar panelists include: Keith F. Davis, curator of the Hallmark Collection, Anne Tucker, curator of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and Doug Nickel, Director of the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson.

Guest speakers include acclaimed photographers: Joel Peter-Witkin, whose compelling images are noted for their complex juxtaposition of beauty and oddity; Susan Meiselas, award-winning documentary photographer working on projects in India, Chile, Nicaragua, and El Salvador; Steve McCurry, recipient of numerous awards for his evocative color images of international and civil conflict; Lynn Geesaman, whose dramatic images of public and private gardens worldwide are highly recognized for their unique printing technique and are the subject of a new monograph being published by Aperture; and Sally Gall, best-known for her ethereal black and white photographs from her travels to the most remote places around the globe.

Seminars are conducted at 9 am before the show's public hours, and are limited to thirty people. Reservations are required. Please call for a schedule of events. Tickets are $65 per seminar and include a three-day pass to Photo LA.

Exhibition hours are Friday, January 16th and Saturday, January 17th, noon to 7 pm, and Sunday, January 18th, noon to 6 pm. Tickets are $15 for a one-day pass and $25 for a three-day pass and can be purchased at the door or through the Stephen Cohen Gallery. Readers of this newsletter can take $5 off of the one-day ticket, or $8 off of the three-day ticket by showing this page at the ticket booth.

For further information contact Stephen Cohen Gallery, 7358 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036, phone: 323-937-5525 or visit the website at www.photola.com .