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The 27th edition of PHOTO L.A. opened its doors in Santa Monica Barker Hanger at the end of January. GLAM PRODUCTION visited the internationally renowned photo event for GOSEE and put together a nutshell of words and photos full of impressions.
PHOTO L.A. features an extraordinary roster of more than 60 local and international galleries and dealers, in addition to noteworthy exhibitions by artist collectives, non-profits, museums, art schools, and photo book publishers. PHOTO L.A.’s renowned lectures, roundtable discussions, special installations, and docent tours with distinguished members of the arts community draws an informed audience to the three-day event and sparks critical debates about the state and future trends of photography and the art of collecting.
This year, PHOTO L.A. featured an impressive and exclusive collection of established Chinese galleries. It is interesting to see how many Chinese galleries have booths set up and show imagery we stereotypically do not associate with China. A fresh new look in photography from the eyes of Chinese artists observing their own and western culture. Work was showcased by Pan-View Gallery, Cipa Gallery, View Art Gallery, 9 ART Gallery, Yingshang Photobook. PHOTO L.A. hopes to foster a deeper cross-cultural exchange between the galleries, collectors and broader public of China and Los Angeles, both at the fair and beyond.
Some of our favorites and newsworthy are the work of Sean Mundy represented by Gallery Youn. Sean Mundy (Montréal, QC) creates conceptual imagery by means of photography and digital manipulation. Working with self-doubt and questions of identity, Sean constructs austere, yet neutral and distant scenes of palpable tension and uncertainty. With a subtle, minimal approach, he aims to disrupt, select from, and delete classical narrative formula to form scenarios that are reliant on subjective associations.
At the LEM HQ Photography Salon, Cologne-based artist Christian Block presented a selection of interesting oversized, abstract aviation photography. Christian Block was born in Bonn in 1965. He trained as a pilot in Cologne and has been flying long-distance flights since 1997. He has been pursuing photography since 2003 and creates large scale images based on the photographs of his working environment. He became known to the public after his works were exhibited in the Photo District Gallery in New York and the TAKSU-Gallery in Kuala Lumpur.
Christian Block’s photography shows us how the things from a daily working routine acquire new meaning when they are viewed from a different perspective. And even an environment that has been organized to ensure perfect functionality is not without beauty.
Marian Crostic’s work in the series SALT | AIR is a narrative of images taken in her hometown, Venice CA. Void of people and activity, the images are a reflection of her relationship with the ocean and Venice Beach. Ethereal in feeling, the images demonstrate a sense of ageless and endless horizons.
Some of our other favorites:
Jo Ann Callis, untitled, from an early color portfolio, circa 1976, image courtesy of the artist and RoseGallery.
Max Yavno, courtesy of the Etherton Gallery.
Julie Blackmon, courtesy of G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle.
Tony Vaccaro, courtesy of Monroe Gallery.
Jacob Gils, courtesy of In The Gallery.
Ansel Adams, courtesy of Paul M. Hertzmann, Inc.
We look forward to the next show in, Oh My God, 2020! Go & See: photola.com
06.02.2019 // show complete article
Ellen von Unwerth celebrated the opening of "Heimat", an exhibition of her new photo book. GoSee and GlamPR.com joined the party at the TASCHEN Gallery in Los Angeles (GoSee reported). Fashionistas and models, some dressed in Lederhosen and dirndl – a wild mix of fun people, almost like a mirror of Ellens colorful world. Celebrity guests such as Arnold Schwarzenegger said hello. Roberta Wagner, rock star stylist of the stars, graced the crowd.
“Heimat” is a German word best understood as a deep feeling of connection to one’s culture and social environment, a sense of home if you will. The title is befitting, as the content of her photo book clearly pays homage to Unwerth’s Bavarian roots; of course through the sexy, subversive and playful lens for which she is iconic. The exhibition comes with a 454-page signed and limited TASCHEN Collector’s Edition book of the same name. The exhibition also showcases a curated selection of iconic Ellen von Unwerth photographic prints from throughout her career in collaboration with the Fahey/Klein Gallery.
Ellen von Unwerth worked as a top fashion model before becoming one of the world’s most in-demand fashion photographers and directors. Her editorial work has been featured in publications such as VOGUE, Vanity Fair and in major advertising campaigns for Chanel, Dior, John Galliano, Ralph Lauren, Victoria’s Secret, Agent Provocateur, and Diesel with erotically charged images of supermodels and female musical artists.
The book is available in a limited Collector’s Edition, numbered and signed by Ellen von Unwerth, as well as in four Art Editions, limited to 100 copies each, each with a color photograph. Or you just buy the book. price: 750 euros.
Ellen von Unwerth. Heimat . Edition of 1,500 copies + 200 APs . Ellen von Unwerth, Mark Schulz . Hardcover in clamshell box, 33 x 44 cm, 454 pages . ISBN 978-3-8365-2887 0 . Multilingual issue: German, English, French
TASCHEN GALLERY . 8070 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 . Tue-Sat: 11am to 7pm, Sunday: Noon to 6pm, Monday: Closed . taschen.com///taschen_gallery
08.03.2017 // show complete article
Photographer Marc Baptiste was born in Port Au Prince, Haiti. His experiences growing up on the beautiful island would serve him well, when at an early age he moved to the US. He has photographed Hollywood A-listers and those residing on the cutting edge of creativity including; Pharrell Williams, Shakira, Erykah Badu, Chloe Sevigny, Beyonce, Janelle Monae, Idris Elba, Barack Obama and Yoko Ono – the names speak for themselves.
To this day, he has compiled three volumes celebrating the female form, beginning with 2001's 'Beautiful – Nudes', followed by 'Intimate and Innocent'. His work has been published in a marquee lineup of international print publications including: Cosmopolitan, Details, Elle, Esquire, Ebony, Glamour, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, and Vanity Fair. His commercial work is distinguished for its appeal in global markets. His newest book project is testimony to his love for Haiti, his homeland. It is a celebration of the love, joy, and resilience of the people in a region the world knows is no stranger to disaster in 2016.
GlamPR tells GoSee: “Marc is very much connected to his Haitian heritage and regularly visits his many friends and family still living there. He recently journeyed to his homeland to aide in relief efforts after earthquakes and major storms hit the region, and of course, captured exquisite photos along the way.”
GlamPR met up with Marc in New York for GoSee shortly after his return from the tropical paradise. “In addition to aiding in donations toward food and water filtration, Baptiste is adamant about supporting initiatives that inspire hope and growth through artistic measures such as local film and photography schools, where he teaches kids how to create poignant images on their own. It is amazing that many photographers in this generation tend to rely solely on their iPhones to photograph powerful images, providing them with an accessible tool to not only capture the beauty of the Haitian people through a more well-rounded and honest lens, but also help engender hope in a country that is often confronted with disaster and faces the threat of devastating loss.” GlamPR explains.
Marc, Haiti is close to your heart. You support Haitian charities including the Ciné Institute and have a commitment to re-building your birthplace which inspired a partnership with Donna Karan’s Urban Zen. What were you guys doing on your last trip to Haiti, and what role do you play as a photographer? I went to Haiti with a group of doctors from the non-profit organization NOAH NY. I have been traveling with them to Haiti since 2012 to document their work. This latest trip we went to Cayes and Jérémie to provide medical assistance after the hurricane.
How do you personally handle the extreme differences between the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and the entertainment industry, and the poverty and simplicity of your birthplace? I focus on my photography. Haiti is my birthplace; I don't see it the way the rest of world does. Haiti is often described as “the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere”, [but] it was also the first independent Black nation in the Western Hemisphere, [the] first post-colonial independence black led nation in the world and the only nation whose independence was gained as part of a successful slave rebellion. Haiti is rich in culture, art, music, beauty, creativity and heritage. I go as often as I can for inspiration and to recharge.
We love the photos from your last trip, where you capture the joy and humanity of the people. Tell us more about these pictures. There is so much joy and love that is overshadowed by the images shown in mainstream media. My main objective when photographing for NOAH NY and in general is always to show the beauty, pride, and humanity.
You’ve already published 3 beautiful books, is there a new one in the making in connection with Haiti? Any other creative projects planned? Haiti is my life project. I have been photographing Haiti for years. I am working on a coffee table book to showcase the beauty of my country, culture and people to show the other side of Haiti that the media doesn't show. I am also working on a documentary about the long tradition of RaRa.
Until the book is released, we recommend the website of Marc Baptiste – marcbaptiste.com/personal-project-noah-ny-haiti with his latest works from beautiful Haiti.
06.12.2016 // show complete article