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Paris Photo LA, and Photo Indpendant Close Month of Photography LA

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Month of Photography LA ended a month long banquet of photography with two outstanding events on April 25 – 27. This year’s theme Communities and Cultures was aimed at showcasing bodies of work that explore traditional and non-traditional ideas of family, environment, collectives, group’s traditions and lifestyles with a focus on Asia in addition to highlighting the photographic community of Los Angeles.

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The second year of Paris Photo LA on the legendary Paramount Studio lot was a standout long weekend of viewing global photo trends with galleries and book publishers showing diverse collections from the 18 countries represented in the show. Standout artist was the work of Martin Liebscher who created large works with images of himself in different venues such as an Opera House, factory, or tennis stadium; his Steffi Graf piece had 9,500 images of the photographer!

It was a great weekend of fun wandering through soundstages filled with work from international galleries, checking out often hard to look at images from the LAPD archives in the Unedited exhibit, browsing book publishers and individual showings on the New York Backlot, and of course snacking at food trucks and sipping RuinartChampagne at outdoor café’s .. This is PARIS photo after all!

In addition to the photo exhibits, Paris Photo LA also featured, book signings, Sound and Vision: The Conversations, a tribute to Dennis Hopper along with a screening of Hopper’s “The Last Movie”, and Sound and Vision, The Screenings.

Just down the street at Raleigh Studios this was the inaugural year for Photo Independent, this is the first and only high visibility art fair platform for independent photographers. This unique art event provides an exchange of ideas between photographers, collectors, and art professionals. Featuring over 70 exhibitors, specialized programs in partnership with the Los Angeles Art Association and Art Nerd Los Angeles including panel discussions, lectures and docent tours, this international exposition of contemporary photography produced ty Fabrik Media, the publisher of the contemporary art and design magazine, “Fabrik”, was an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in the world of photographic art to view and further their knowledge of photography as an art form.

One of the highlight events at Photo Independent was Andy Summers from the globally recognized band The Police, presenting a special exhibition titled “Mysterious Barricades.” First taking his camera on the road with The Police, his images grew into an evolving body of work capturing the mysterious and ambiguous, exploring the absurdity of life on the road, in cities around the globe.

Whew, lots of walking, glad I wore my cross trainers.

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