The Pasadena Independent got a chance to preview the show last night.
We accompanied Pulitzer Prize winning Associated Press photographer, Nick Ut around the Barker Hangar for about an hour which was covered with astonishing images old and new in various states and frames. The exhibitors were putting the finishing touches on their show when the reception started. We noticed an extraordinary number of huge prints as well as the box collections of archival prints for serious buyers, should you have $25-30,000 plus to spare.
There were individual and group photographers but primarily Art dealers ,galleries and photography book specialists. The opening night preview for this annual photography fair served as a benefit for the photography department at LACMA, with the fair running through the weekend and closing Sunday, January 11.
Additionally, the photography department has curated an event at photoLA for Saturday, January 10. Starting at 12 pm, this day-long event will highlight the extraordinary range of contemporary photography publishing and include one-to-one conversations between Charlotte Cotton, curator and head of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, and distinguished photographers. Each conversation will be followed by a book signings of the photographer’s latest book project.
LACMA Free Conversation Series & Book Signings
Charlotte Cotton in conversation with:
David Maisel | 12–1 pm
Diane Keaton and Marvin Heiferman | 2–3 pm
Bruce Davidson | 3:30–4:30 pm
Susan Meiselas | 5–6 pm
Each conversation is free to the public, but requires an advance ticket available at photoLA on January 10.
One of the more interesting booths we visited was that of Blind Photographers Bruce Hall and Pete Eckhert (and Pete’s guide dog, a beautiful German Shepherd named Clancy). The stunning images these two men created and have on exhibit here at PhotoLA truly made me wonder how any of this is possible.
When you start talking to either man, you’ll realize that the passion they evoke is the reason for the success. Bruce Hall specializes in underwater close ups, which is even more remarkable.
Definitely worth the price of admission just to meet these two photographers alone. You can see more of Bruce’s work at: www.visualsummit.com
Tickets are $20 for a two-day pass, and $30 for a three-day pass. For a complete list of exhibitors and additional information on photo l.a., visit www.artfairsinc.com/photola/2009/ or call (323) 937-4659
Friday, January 9 & Saturday, January 10, 12:00-8:00pm
Sunday, January 11th, 12:00-6:00pm
photo l.a. is organized by artfairs, inc., producers of the globally acclaimed photography and contemporary art fairs including ART LA and photo MIAMI.