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Photo Exhibits May 2014

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Month of Photography closed last weekend on April 27, but there are still a lot of terrific photo events coming up, so let’s keep the movement going and take a look at what’s going on in the world of photographic art.

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Stranger in a Strange Land, Jodi Cobb, photographer at the Broad Stage, Thursday May 1

This is part of the National Geographic Live series presenting onstage National Geographic’s top explorers, filmmakers, journalists, and adventurers, and photographers.

Jodi Cob specializes in large-scale, global stories exploring topics ranging from 21st-century slavery, to the hidden lives of women of Saudi Arabia, as well as fascinating glimpses into Japan’s secret Geisha culture. She was the first woman to be named White House Photographer of the Year, and has won numerous awards from the National Press Photographers Association Pictures of the year, and World Press.

Cobb, a former National Graphic staff photographer, had worked in more than 50 countries, primarily in the Middle East and Asia. She was one of the first photographers to cross China when it reopened to the West, traveling 7,000 miles in two months for the book Journey into China.

This promises to be a wonderful evening as Jodi Cobb takes audiences on a moving and humorous journey through her travels and vision.

The Broad Stage, 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica,

http://thebroadstage.com/stranger

A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography, and In Focus: Ansel Adams at the Getty Center

The Getty Center is presenting two outstanding photographic exhibits, A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography explores the relationship between the new art form of photography, and the queen, whose passion for collecting photograph began in the 1840s, just one year after the medium was introduced to the world. On display are rare daguerreotypes, private portraits of the Royal Family and a selection of prints by early masters of photography. The Queen was the first British monarch to have her life recorded by the camera and her portraits became emblematic of an entire age.

In Focus: Ansel Adams, draws on recent acquisitions and earlier prints made earlier in Adam’s career providing viewers an opportunity to see how his printing style changed over the decades, while also offering an understanding of how the artist reflected back on his work in order to shape its future reception.

Devoted to the artistic potential of the natural environment as well as to its preservation, Ansel Adams became one of the best known and most influential photographers of the twentieth century. His name has become synonymous with incredibly beautiful large format landscape photography, and inspired an appreciation for the medium as an art form.

A Royal Passion, will be on view until June 8, 2014, and Ansel Adams: In Focus, until July 20, 2014.

J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, 310-440-7330

http://www.getty.edu

Kopeikin Gallery, Firooz Zahedi

Firooz Zahedi is has been known for many years as a Hollywood Glamor Photographer; however this exhibit will focus on Zahedi’s abstract photographs and collages. Zahedi said about his work featured in this show, “I am equally passionate about photographing that which is highly stylized and scripted as I am photographing that which is not. I believe there is an abundance of beauty and poetry in simple things we take for granted and I believe that there are great stories to be discovered in things that have been abandoned and neglected”.

Kopeikin Gallery, 2766 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, 310-559-0800

http://www.kopeikingallery.com/exhibitions/view/firooz-zahedi

Firooz Zahedi will be on view until June 7th

Peter Fetterman Gallery, Portraits of the 20th Century

This exhibit features iconic and rarely seen portraits of leaders, visionaries, writers, actors, artists, musicians, and notable personalities from the 20th century.

A great portrait will explore the nuances of character, capture the emotion, and allow us an intimate moment with the subject. The figures captured in this exhibit were extraordinary people who achieved greatness in their chosen field, people who have touched the lives of thousands. The photographers who have captured their essence include work by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time. Don’t miss this chance to be drawn in, moved and inspired by these iconic images.

Peter Fetterman Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave. Gallery 1A, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica

http://www.peterfetterman.com/gallery

A collection of iconic and rarely seen portraits of visionaries, leaders, writers, actors, artists, musicians and notable personalities 2

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