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