Douglas Kirkland With Faye Dunaway, Italy, 1968
Allan Sekula (1951-2013): Art Isn't Fair
photo l.a. presents Allan Sekulas short film, Art Isnt Fair (2012), edited from footage shot in 2004 at Art Basel Miami Beach and dedicated to Jean Jacques Rousseaus Discourse on Inequality (1755). I sold my watch, saying to myself with an unbelievable joy, Thank Heaven, I will no longer need to know what time it is.- Rousseau, The Confessions, Book VIII.
Deviled Eggs: New Photographic Strategies: Curated by Jeff McLane
How does a photographs precious nature continue to endure in a post-analogue society? At what point does our privileged abundance of images fail to become a true reflection of our visual language? Deviled Eggs is an exhibit of new works whose authors are reevaluating and reconditioning our perception of the true photograph. Through experimental and transcendental studio practices, these new works challenge both the function of the straight photograph, and the abstraction of a photographic practice in todays image based world. - Jeff McLane
Artist: Ben Goddard, Sean Higgins, Ian James, Calvin Lee, Jeff McLane, Paul Pescador, and Katie Shapiro.
Douglas Kirkland: A Life In Pictures
photo l.a.s 2014 honoree Douglas Kirkland presents a special exhibition titled after his recently released book Douglas Kirkland - A Life in Pictures. Kirkland is an award-winning celebrity photographer still filling assignments as he did decades ago for magazines that celebrated the American scene, Look and Life during the golden age of photojournalism. His work has often appeared in countless publications including The London Sunday Times Magazine, The New York Times Magazine and Town & Country.
Between 1960 and 2013, Douglas Kirkland photographed over 2,000 assignments and more than 600 major celebrities from Marilyn Monroe to Angelina Jolie. During the same period he worked on the sets of more than 150 motion pictures, including The Sound of Music, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Out of Africa, Titanic, Moulin Rouge, Australia, and The Great Gatsby.
His photographs have been exhibited throughout the world and are included in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery in London, The National Portrait Gallery in Canberra Australia, the Smithsonian Museum, George Eastman House, the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane Australia and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. In 2008, Vanity Fair Italy organized a retrospective at the Museum of the Trienale in Milan and his exhibition: "Douglas Kirkland - A Life in Pictures" at the Museum of Modern Art Gallery GOMA in Brisbane was the 3rd most visited photographic exhibition in the world in 2010.
Emerging Focus Finalists
Emerging Focus Competition and Exposition gives photographers from every skill set an open door into the fine art and commercial photography communities presented at photo l.a. Amongst a series of workshops, seminars, lectures, and photography tours available in the Emerging Focus space at photo l.a. 2014, a special installation featuring the Top 20 Finalists from this years Emerging Focus Competition, which have been determined by a panel of world-renowned of art experts, will also be on view for the duration of the fair.
John Knuth: Vanishing Siren
With Vanishing Siren John Knuth continues his exploration of emergency smoke flares as subject for video and polaroid photographs. With the use of an item of basic disaster preparedness, the smoke of an emergency flare, John Knuth explores the act of distress, turning it into a creative action.
"I initially started working with this medium because I was intrigued by the idea of individuals going so far out into wilderness that they needed to signal for rescue. I imagine their final gesture of signaling being a creative action, a sculptural and performative act." - John Knuth
A single channel video and photographs record the bright orange smoke flare billowing against the blue sky. Smoke billows out, fills an empty space, and dissipates into the environment. These pieces are records of sculptural actions.
John Knuth lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Knuth currently has work on display in Well Wear a Jolly Clown Mask at The Speed Museum in Louisville, KY, PARK Self-Titled Space, Tilburg, Netherlands, and New Prints 2014/Winter at the International Print Center New York, New York, NY. He has had recent solo shows at Marie Kirkegaard Gallery, Copenhagen, DE and Human Recourses, Los Angeles, CA. He has shown his work internationally in Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Iceland and Mexico, and nationally at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Locust Projects in Miami, Another Year in LA, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Andrew Rafecz Gallery in Chicago, Southern Exposure in San Francisco and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. He received an MFA from USC and a BFA from the University of Minnesota.
Judy Gelles: The 4th Grade Project
Over the past five years Judy Gelles has interviewed and photographed 160 fourth grade students from a wide range of economic and cultural backgrounds in China, India, Korea and multiple areas of the United States. She asked all of the students the same three questions: Who do you live with? What do you wish for? What do you worry about?
Told in their own words, their stories touch on some of our most pressing social issues and common human experiences. The Fourth Grade Project connects children locally and globally, building bridges and tearing down walls.
This exhibition is presented courtesy of the artist, Photo L.A. and Pentimenti Gallery
Point of View: Selections from Los Angeles Collections
The city of Los Angeles is known for its long history associated with the visual arts. It has become an international artistic hub with an incredible and ever-growing collector base for fine art photography.
From the development of movies into cinema, the city has become a thriving engine for contemporary artists that pull inspiration from L.A. 's dynamic visual industries. The role of the collector is not only a major influence on an artists life, it is also a statement both personal and public on what is important about the work.
The selected collectors in Point of View speak to the vibrancy and variety of the collecting experience. We hope they will resonate with viewers and inspire their own collecting.
VIP Lounge: Sponsored by Heritage Auctions
Heritage Auctions is proud to present a few select highlights from their upcoming April 8th New York auction in photo l.a. 2014s all new VIP lounge. The exhibit includes a variety of pieces, from traditional works by Ansel Adams and O.Winston Link to contemporary pieces by Erwin Olaf and Pieter Hugo. There is a single owner collection "Reflections from Childhood," which includes a Diane Arbus "Boy Reading Newspaper" along with other iconic photographic images.
Will Wilson: The Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX)
In The Critical Indigenous Photographic Exchange (CIPX), Will Wilson aims to link history, form, and a critical dialogue about Native American representation by engaging participants in both a discussion and a portrait session using the wet plate process. This multi-faceted engagement will yield a series of tintypes (aluminum types) whose enigmatic, time-traveling aspect demonstrates how a particular understanding of our world can be acquired through fabricated methods. Through collaboration with his sitters, Wilson will indigenize the photographic exchange, and render timeless new images from vintage technology.
As an indigenous artist working in the 21st century, employing media that range from historical photographic processes to the randomization and projection of complex visual systems within virtual environments, I am impatient with the way that American culture remains enamored of one particular moment in a photographic exchange between Euro-American and Aboriginal American societies: the decades from 1907 to 1930 when photographer Edward S. Curtis produced his magisterial opus The North American Indian. For many people even today, Native people remain frozen in time in Curtis photos. Other Native artists have produced photographic responses to Curtiss oeuvre, usually using humor as a catalyst to melt the lacquered romanticism of these stereotypical portraits. I seek to do something different. I intend to resume the documentary mission of Curtis from the standpoint of a 21st century indigenous, trans-customary, cultural practitioner. I want to supplant Curtiss Settler gaze and the remarkable body of ethnographic material he compiled with a contemporary vision of Native North America.
"My aim is to convene with and invite indigenous artists, arts professionals, and tribal governance to engage in the performative ritual that is the studio portrait. This experience will be intensified and refined by the use of large format (8x10) wet plate collodion studio photography. This beautifully alchemic photographic process dramatically contributed to our collective understanding of Native American people and, in so doing, our American identity." Will Wilson