"Point of View" Program Space, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, photo la 2013

PROGRAMS

To engage our numerous collectors, enthusiasts, and the public, photo la provides curated programming each year, which includes lectures, roundtable discussions, panels, docent tours, book signings, and installations.

As part of our programming, photo la offers intimate guided tours of the fair; lead by knowledgeable art industry professionals each day through the weekend.

*Please note, to attend any photo la programming, a day pass into the fair must also be purchased.*

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Thursday January, 15th

5 - 6:30pm

Weston Naef - Docent Tour
Curator Emeritus, Department of Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum

In 1984 Weston Naef was named founding curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. His appointment was simultaneous with the acquisition of a group of stellar collections of photographs--among them collections formed by Sam Wagstaff, Arnold Crane, and Andre Jammes along with a dozen other American and European pioneer collections of photographs. For twenty-five years before his retirement from the Getty in 2009, Weston Naef guided the growth and publication of the Getty Museum photographs collection, supervising more than 100 exhibitions and 50 publications.

Before coming to Los Angeles he was in charge of rare photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He is the author of numerous books on the history and art of photography, including: The Collection of Alfred Stieglitz: Fifty Pioneers of Modern Photography (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Handbook of the Photographs Collection (Getty Museum),
Photographers of Genius at the Getty, and Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs (with Christine Hult-Lewis). Complete Mammoth Photographs, published by the Getty and weighing in at eight pounds six ounces, was more than twenty years in the making. It was awarded the Kraszna-Krausz prize for best photography book of 2011.

Tickets - $80




Friday January, 16th

9:30 - 11am

Eve Schillo - Docent Tour
Eve Schillo, Curatorial Assistant in the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Eve Schillo has been with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) over 15 years, and has worked on such exhibitions and accompanying publications as Ports of Entry: Williams S. Burroughs and the Arts, Ghost in the Shell: Photography and the Human Soul, 1850-2000, Shifting Tides: Cuban Photography after the Revolution, Made in California, 1900-2000, Trajectories: The Photographic Work of Robbert Flick, A Story of Photography: The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection, and The Sun and Other Stars: Katy Grannan and Charlie White. Among the exhibits she co-curated: Long Exposures: Contemporary Photo Essays, Camera Pictorialists' in America, Re-SITE-ing the West: Contemporary Photographs, and Fracture: Daido Moriyama.

More recent exhibitions as lead curator include The Sum of Myself: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection, Let the Experiment Begin: L.A. Photo, 1960-80, Figure and Form in Contemporary Photography, and Imagining the Modern Self, as well as numerous permanent collection projects, among them the long-running series Photographic Conversations (Does Size Matter?; On the Street; Found), and the ongoing installations highlighting the Vernon Collection (Eastern-European Avant-Garde Photography; Weston's Modernism; A New Vision: Photography between the Wars; Window of Surprises: Photographic Surrealism).

Tickets - $80



11:30am - 1pm

The Photographic Scene; Los Angeles in the 1970's

In the 1970s photography was almost non-existent in the art world. Most museums considered it a second rate form of art, if they considered it art at all. A handful of collectors had built collections. The greatest collection of 19th century material, including the first photograph ever made, sold in 1963 to the University of Texas Ransom Center for $400,000, less than a single photograph today. What brought about the changes and the broad interest in photography that exists today? Who were the people that kick-started that interest in Los Angeles? what happened to PAm, the Photography Museum without Walls that began in 1978? This panel will include John Upton, a photographer and then head of the Photography Dept. at Orange Coast College, Darryl Curran the Artist, Curator and Educator, Sheila Pinkel, Emeritus Professor of Art and Art History Department Pomona College, and Suzanne Muchnic, a reviewer and writer for the Los Angeles Times in the late 70s. The panel will be narrated by Stephen White, one of the first gallery owners in the country, who opened in Los Angeles in 1975, and later became the first President of AIPAD.


Moderator: Stephen White, Collector & Writer

Panelists:

Darryl Curran: Artist, Curator & Educator
Suzanne Muchnic: Art Critic & Writer
Sheila Pinkel: Artist and Emeritus Professor of Art & Art History at Pomona College
John Upton: Artist


Tickets - $10



1:30 - 3pm

Photography & Architecture

Barbara Bestor (architect and executive director of the Woodbury University Julius Shulman Institute) moderates a panel on the critical and engaged eye that photographers bring to the built environment. In LA the human experience of space has undergone constant transformation and we will discuss the urban environment and its changing representations.

Moderator: Barbara Bestor: Architect and Executive Director of the Woodbury University Julius Shulman Institute

Panelists:

Frances Anderton: Producer, Writer & Host of DnA, Design & Architecture, KCRW
James Welling: Artist & Professor of Photography, UCLA Department of Art
Mimi Zeiger: Critic, Editor & Writer
Grant Mudford: Photographer
Gordon Baldwin: Independent Curator, Writer & Editor, Former Curator
Department of Photographs, Getty Museum

Tickets - $10



3:30 - 5pm

Collecting with Weston Naef
The Chase and the Capture: Collectors Tell Their Stories

What is a collector? What is a collection? Why do collectors do what they do? What are the pleasures and terrors of obsession? Answers to some of these questions and more await you with a show-and-tell by a half dozen important collectors of photography.

Moderator: Weston Naef, Curator Emeritus, Department of Photographs, The J. Paul Getty Museum

Panelists:

Alfred Perry: Collector
Diane Frankel: Collector
Alison Crowell: Collector
Dan Solomon: Collector
Dan Fauci: Collector
Rudi Bianchi: Collector

Tickets - $10



5:30 - 7pm


LA Book
Throwing the Book at Them: How and When a Photographer Should Self-Publish

When it comes to the idea of artists -- especially photographers -- making books of their work, well, who doesn't want a book, right? But there is a lot more to consider than what seems like an obvious career move, with production choices from editing to writing, weighing cost versus sales and/or other uses, creative control, and professional design. Photography in particular was at one time all about "the book", and individual prints themselves were not really the focus. That changed, but it now seems to be moving back to a place where photographers are again thinking of expansive series in terms of books rather than exhibitions per se. Art writer Shana Nys Dambrot leads a panel representing the artist, gallerist, and other perspectives, featuring artist and publisher Kirk Pedersen, artists Siri Kaur, Karolina Karlic and Jay Mark Johnson, and art dealer Michael Maloney. Topics covered include: Where to start and the relative merits of self-publishing and approaching indie/artisan presses; the merits of a book's relative scope and reach when it comes to larger series; the importance and possible downsides of making your own books when approaching galleries, museums, and collectors.

Moderator: Shana Nys Drambot, Arts Critic, Curator & Author

Panelists:

Kirk Pedersen: Artist
Siri Kaur: Artist
Karolina Karlic: Artist
Jay Mark Johnson: Artist
Michael Maloney: Gallerist, Owner Maloney Fine Art


Tickets - $10






Saturday January, 17th

9:30 - 11am

Keith F. Davis - Docent Tour
Keith F. Davis is Senior Curator of Photography, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri. He received his B.S. degree (1974) from Southern Illinois University and his M.A. (1979) from the University of New Mexico. In 1978-79 he held a research internship at the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY. He guided the growth of the Hallmark Photographic Collection from 1979 to 2005. When this was transferred to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in late 2005 he became the museum's founding curator of photography.

Davis has curated nearly one hundred exhibitions and is the author of some twenty books, including An American Century of Photography: From Dry-Plate to Digital (1999); American Horizons: The Photographs of Art Sinsabaugh (2004); The Art of Frederick Sommer (2005); The Origins of American Photography: From Daguerreotype to Dry-Plate (2007); Timothy H. O'Sullivan: The King Survey Photographs (2011); The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker (2012); and Emmet Gowin (2013).

Davis received an NEH Fellowship in 1986, and was included in James Stourton's Great Collectors of Our Time: Art Collecting Since 1945 (2007). He has lectured extensively and taught the history of photography at the undergraduate and graduate levels from 1978 to 2005.

Tickets - $80



11:30am - 1pm

Emerging Collectors: Building Your Collection

The photography market is a quickly expanding field that is difficult to navigate, especially for the beginning collector. Our panel of art industry pros will share their expertise and advice for anyone with a passion for photography who wants to create a meaningful and lasting art collection. With so many photographers practicing today and a flood of acquisition options, where does a collector begin? Our panel will discuss how emerging collectors can become educated about the current state of the photography market, how to define their collecting goals and make smart investment decisions. From traditional venues like commercial galleries, art fairs, and auctions, to online markets and artist studios, we will explore the best approaches to building a collection that is both unique and historically relevant.

Moderator: Robert Berman: Gallerist & Owner, Robert Berman Gallery & Santa Monica Auctions

Panelists:

Hannah Sloan: Director Rosegallery
Michael Hawley: Collector
Rachel Peart: Consignments Director, Heritage Auctions
Carol Lee Brosseau: Art Adviser, Photography Specialist, Appraiser

Tickets - $10



1:30 - 3pm

Fashion with Ivan Shaw, Vogue Magazine
LA Style: Los Angeles' Influence on Fashion & the Fashion Photograph



The focus of this panel discussion will be to assess the influence of the landscape and culture of Los Angeles on fashion photography. Drawing on fashion images from both the past and present, a diverse group of panelists will explore how the sun, sand and streets of Los Angeles have influenced the direction of fashion and it's photography. The panel will also explore the growing crossover of Hollywood and Fashion and how the idea of celebrity has evolved in response to the merging of these two industries.

Moderator: Ivan Shaw: Executive Photography Director, Vogue

Panelists:

Glen Luchford: Premiere Fashion Photographer
Angela Lindvall: Supermodel
Andrea Lieberman: Fashion Designer & Stylist
Sharon S. Takeda: Senior Curator and Department Head, Costume & Textiles LACMA
Paul Martineau: Associate Curator, Department of Photographs, J. Paul Getty Museum


Tickets - $10



3:30 - 5pm

Artist Talk: Mona Kuhn
Mona Kuhn in conversation with Curator, Writer, Editor Gordon Baldwin (former Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum)

Artist Mona Kuhn and Curator, Writer, Editor Gordon Baldwin (former Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum) will discuss her current project "Private", her 5th book published by Steidl, as well the upcoming series "Acido Dorado".
Tickets - $10






5:30 - 7pm

The Print: An Unseen Labor of Love and Collaboration

Understanding photography in the context of its time means understanding the print. Bringing together artists and printers, this panel will look to the print as the site for exploring the mythos and mystique surrounding the singular artist in a collaborative age. The panelists will discuss the transformation a work goes through from concept to completion, expose the unseen labor and art of the photographic print, and challenge preconceptions about photography in a digital world.

Moderator: Lisa Ohlweiler, Artist

Panelists:

Christopher McElrath: Master Printer, Owner Contact Lab
Mark Wyse: Artist
Soo Kim: Artist
Christianne Hanych: Senior Digital Printmaker, The Lapis Press
Erik Arnesen: Master Printer, David Hockney Studio, Owner Arnfoto Prints

Tickets - $10





Sunday January 18th

9:30 - 11am

Paul Martineau - Docent Tour
A leading curator in the field of art photography, Paul Martineau is associate curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. He received a B.A. in art from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and a M.A. in art history from Williams College. Before joining the Getty Museum in 2003, he held positions at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Mr. Martineau has organized numerous exhibitions at the Getty, covering a diverse range of topics that span the mid-19th century to the 21st century, including Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit, Herb Ritts, L.A. Style and Paul Outerbridge: Command Performance, among others. He is currently collaborating with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art on an ambitious publication and exhibition project on the photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe; and his next book, "The Thrill of the Chase: The Wagstaff Collection of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum," is expected to be released in early 2016.

Tickets - $80



11:30 - 1pm

Photojournalism and Its Role in the Fine Art World

Once relegated to the front pages of newspapers, images created for photojournalistic purpose can now be found among collections belonging to prestigious institutions and discerning collectors throughout the world. Creative Consultant Debra Weiss leads a discussion that will explore the shift in perception of this incredible and important photographic genre. Join Debra and guests for what promises to be an informative and entertaining conversation.

Moderator: Debra Weiss, Creative Consultant

Panelists:

Sara Terry: Photographer, Founder and Director, The Aftermath Foundation
John Bailey: Collector, Cinematographer & Director
Sid Monroe: Gallerist, Owner Monroe Gallery, Santa Fe


Tickets - $10



1:30 - 3pm

Artist Talk : Brian Bowen Smith

Brian Bowen Smith in Conversation with Steph Sebbag, Gallerist, Owner De Re Gallery and Rick Callahan of Copious Management

Los Angeles based photographer Brian Bowen Smith will discuss his path to becoming a professional photographer by a less traditional route than most. Smith will talk about his work with legendary photographer Herb Ritts, the evolution and development personal photographic style shooting assignments for publications such as W, Vanity Fair, and Esquire, and his recent transition in to fine art photography. Steph Sebbag, Gallerist & Owner of De Re Gallery, and Photo Agent Rick Callahan of Copious Management will join Smith in the discussion of his work.

Tickets - $10




3:30 - 5pm

Collecting with Technology, the New Breed of Collector

Today collectors and artists are using the internet more than every before to buy, sell and trade art. With more and more value being created outside of the gallery system, how will that effect the collections of the past resale value as well as dictate trends for the new breed of collector. Come find out how the new value systems the internet is creating is effecting the art world at a time of unprecedented growth.


Moderator: Nicholas Fahey, Victory Projects

Panelists:

Eli Consilvo: Gallerist & Owner, Mama Gallery
Robert Norton: Co-Founder of S-Editions and Saatchi Online
Bert Rodriguez: Artist


Tickets - $10





Focus photo la Programming

Focus photo la 2015 presents breakthrough photographic seminar series, proudly sponsored by:
Frestyle Paper

*Please note, to attend any FOCUS photo la programming, a day pass into the fair must also be purchased.*



Friday January, 16th

11:30am - 1pm

Frank Jackson
Crafting Portraits Using Continuous Lighting

Presented by Samy's Camera

Learning to control light is an art form, but that does not mean it needs to be difficult. Learn to take beautiful portraits using simple, uncomplicated lighting techniques. Continuous LED lights are low heat and have adjustable intensity and color balance controls which makes set up easy. Frank Jackson will go over the basics and demonstrate different concepts for photography portraits. We will be featuring the versatile Fiilex lights.

Tickets - $10



1:30 - 3pm

Daniel Miller
15 Things You Can Do To Get Represented By A Gallery With Daniel Miller

This seminar is for photographers (and other artists) who want to gain gallery representation and get more information on the gallery system. The fast-paced hour and a quarter seminar is full of real-world tips and strategies how to gain representation, and how to keep a gallery's ongoing interest once represented. The updated seminar includes: The key words that should be on your resume, Facebook -- the current and future pros and cons, all the things you can't do anymore at art shows, how to really pack and ship your works, presentation matters, why you (as an artist) shouldn't drink the wine at gallery events.

Tickets - $40 online, $45 at the door



3:30 - 5pm

The World of Inkjet Paper Seminar
With the right paper choice you can turn ordinary images in to extraordinary prints!

Presented by:
Showing over 140 individual photographs from Eric Joseph's personal collection, he will discuss the technical points and aesthetic differences of every inkjet paper available from the following brands: Arista-II, Awagami, Canson Infinity, HahnemÜhle, Harman by HahnemÜhle, Ilford, Innova, Moab and Museo. Participants will gain keen insight into the technical aspects, myths and mysteries of digital printing.

The focus of this seminar is to empower participants with knowledge of the wide variety of inkjet media that is available and how important The Print really is. "We can truly have a personal bond and relationship with inkjet papers the same way we had with traditional darkroom papers."

Presenter Bio:
Eric has been a member of Freestyle Photographic Supplies since June of 1986. He is a graduate of California State University, Northridge earning a Bachelors Degree in Art Specializing in Photography. Over the past 12 years Eric has served Freestyle in the capacity of Senior Vice President of Business and Product Development. His duties include overall responsibility of Freestyle's purchasing and buying department, developing new products, keeping as many of the legacy analog products alive as possible and interfacing with every coating facility, chemical manufacturer and all manufacturers of products in the photographic industry on a worldwide basis. Eric has presented "The World of Inkjet Paper" to hundreds of professional photographic organizations, colleges/universities, photo clubs, workshop groups and photographic education organizations throughout the continental United States.
This is a one-of-a-kind seminar and applies to photographers, printmakers, graphic designers and artists of all levels!

Tickets - Free



Saturday January, 17th

11:30am - 1pm

The World of Inkjet Paper Seminar
With the right paper choice you can turn ordinary images in to extraordinary prints!

Presented by:
Showing over 140 individual photographs from Eric Joseph's personal collection, he will discuss the technical points and aesthetic differences of every inkjet paper available from the following brands: Arista-II, Awagami, Canson Infinity, HahnemÜhle, Harman by HahnemÜhle, Ilford, Innova, Moab and Museo. Participants will gain keen insight into the technical aspects, myths and mysteries of digital printing.

The focus of this seminar is to empower participants with knowledge of the wide variety of inkjet media that is available and how important The Print really is. "We can truly have a personal bond and relationship with inkjet papers the same way we had with traditional darkroom papers."

Presenter Bio:
Eric has been a member of Freestyle Photographic Supplies since June of 1986. He is a graduate of California State University, Northridge earning a Bachelors Degree in Art Specializing in Photography. Over the past 12 years Eric has served Freestyle in the capacity of Senior Vice President of Business and Product Development. His duties include overall responsibility of Freestyle's purchasing and buying department, developing new products, keeping as many of the legacy analog products alive as possible and interfacing with every coating facility, chemical manufacturer and all manufacturers of products in the photographic industry on a worldwide basis. Eric has presented "The World of Inkjet Paper" to hundreds of professional photographic organizations, colleges/universities, photo clubs, workshop groups and photographic education organizations throughout the continental United States.
This is a one-of-a-kind seminar and applies to photographers, printmakers, graphic designers and artists of all levels!

Tickets - Free



1:30 - 3pm

Natasha Calzatti
Processing on the Go

Presented by Samy's Camera

Adobe Lightroom is a great tool for organizing and processing your photos on the go! Lightroom instructor Natasha Calzatti will show you advanced techniques for travel and location photography, either using your laptop or your mobile tablet with the Lightroom mobile app from Adobe.
Edit and organize images anywhere, anytime on your laptop, iPad or iPhone. Enhance everything from smartphone photos to raw images from DSLR cameras using powerful and familiar tools.
Automatically sync all your mobile edits with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 on your desktop. Easily share all your photos to social media sites. With Adobe Lightroom mobile, your photography is going places.

Topics covered include:
  • Creating a secondary catalog while traveling
  • Assigning Keywords during import
  • Make selections using the pick flag, star ratings and color labels
  • Creating smart collections
  • Mastering Metadata
  • Using the Map Module and GPS to sort your images
  • Using graduated filters and vignettes to enhance your photo
  • Lens Correction controls to straighten images and correct for perspective
  • Seamless syncing with Lightroom 5 between desktop and mobile


Tickets - $10



3:30 - 5pm

The World of Inkjet Paper Seminar
With the right paper choice you can turn ordinary images in to extraordinary prints!

Presented by:
Showing over 140 individual photographs from Eric Joseph's personal collection, he will discuss the technical points and aesthetic differences of every inkjet paper available from the following brands: Arista-II, Awagami, Canson Infinity, HahnemÜhle, Harman by HahnemÜhle, Ilford, Innova, Moab and Museo. Participants will gain keen insight into the technical aspects, myths and mysteries of digital printing.

The focus of this seminar is to empower participants with knowledge of the wide variety of inkjet media that is available and how important The Print really is. "We can truly have a personal bond and relationship with inkjet papers the same way we had with traditional darkroom papers."

Presenter Bio:
Eric has been a member of Freestyle Photographic Supplies since June of 1986. He is a graduate of California State University, Northridge earning a Bachelors Degree in Art Specializing in Photography. Over the past 12 years Eric has served Freestyle in the capacity of Senior Vice President of Business and Product Development. His duties include overall responsibility of Freestyle's purchasing and buying department, developing new products, keeping as many of the legacy analog products alive as possible and interfacing with every coating facility, chemical manufacturer and all manufacturers of products in the photographic industry on a worldwide basis. Eric has presented "The World of Inkjet Paper" to hundreds of professional photographic organizations, colleges/universities, photo clubs, workshop groups and photographic education organizations throughout the continental United States.
This is a one-of-a-kind seminar and applies to photographers, printmakers, graphic designers and artists of all levels!

Tickets - Free



5:30 - 7pm

Natasha Calzatti
Wacom Tablet

Presented by Samy's Camera

Learn how to use a Wacom Tablet to speed up your work in Lightroom & Photoshop with Natasha Calzatti. Save time and be more accurate with Lightroom & Photoshop. Wacom tablets can deliver important capabilities when used with Photoshop; but the transition from mouse to tablet can be a bit precarious.
Learn all about the Wacom tablet custom settings and how to speed up your workflow. In this workshop Natasha will demonstrate how retouching and adjustments change when you use a pressure sensitive pen and tablet. Also, you will learn about the variety of Wacom products on the market, how to know which is right for you, and how you can use Wacom to be more accurate and most of all save time. If you've been considering switching to a Wacom tablet or have struggled to adopt the one you own, don't miss this complete introduction to getting started on using the Wacom tablet.

Topics covered:
  • Strategies for getting comfortable with the tablet
  • Pressure sensitive options in Photoshop tools
  • Pen and ExpressKeys customization
  • How to take full advantage of its functions and features

*Special discounts will be offered at Samy's Camera booth on the day of the workshop*

Tickets - $10



Sunday January 18th

11:30am - 1pm

George Simian : Portrait Lighting and Studio Set-Up

Presented by Samy's Camera

This workshop will take the mystery out of professional lighting and the techniques being taught will work in large photo studios as well as in small home studios and on location. Students will learn about different types of strobes and how to manipulate the light using softboxes, umbrellas and other lighting modifiers. Hair lights, background lights, fill light, negative light and reflectors will be used.

Tickets - $10



1:30 - 3pm

Elisabeth Sunday
The Collector's Circle
Getting your work funded


Elisabeth Sunday developed a business model designed to support herself as an emerging fine art photographer and she maintains this practice now through midcareer.
She calls it, "The Collector's Circle" and it's made up of three tiers: collectors, donors and sponsors. Her business model has successfully funded over two dozen international field expeditions and has allowed her work to be collected by museums across the country. The donor tier of the Collector's Circle offers an affordable alternative for collectors seeking to support an artist through purchases that will later be donated to a museum for tax purposes. These funding techniques provide the quality of long term support that can usher an emerging fine art photographer into the next stage of their career. During the discussion Elisabeth Sunday along with fine art appraiser Stacy Roman will share their knowledge of fundraising and the gifting process. Stacy Roman is a licensed fine art appraiser and is intricately familiar with current tax law and the gifting process.

Elisabeth Sunday photographs indigenous peoples from around the world, primarily in Africa.
She uses the technique of "Mirror Photography" to create surreal, spiritual and deeply personal collaborations with tribal people. Her work has been widely shown and is in museum collections including the LACMA, The Houston Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Corcoran Collection.

Tickets - $10



3:30 - 5pm

Mark Edward Harris : The Fine Art of Travel Photography

Presented by Samy's Camera

This workshop explores how to create fine art travel photography - images that go far beyond the "I was here" photograph. Photographers will learn how to create beautiful landscapes and townscapes as well as powerful environmental portraits and photo essays - pictures that tell a story. Mark Edward Harris will put ideas into practice with technical aspects such as the use of "fast" lenses, filters, and the creative use of flash on location.

Tickets - $10