Die 27te Ausgabe der PHOTO LA öffnete ihre Tore Ende Januar am Santa Monica Barker Hanger. GLAM PRODUCTION besuchte für GOSEE den international renommierten Fotoevent und fasste einige Eindrücke für Euch in Wort und Bild zusammen.
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 renown 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 not associate with China. A new fresh look in photography from the eyes of Chinese artists observing their own and western culture. Work showcased by Pan-View, Gallery, Cipa Gallery, View Art Gallery, 9 ART Gallery, Yingshang Photobook. PHOTO L.A.’s hope is 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 through photography and digital manipulation. Working through 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.
Cologne based artist Christian Block – showed with the LEM HQ Photography Salon some 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. He creates large scale images that are based on the photographs of his working environment. He came to be 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 meanings 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 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 ! GoSee: photola.com