25th ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL LOS ANGELES PHOTOGRAPHIC ART EXPOSITION


The REEF/LA Mart | JANUARY 12-15, 2017

2017 PHOTO LA AND FOCUS PHOTO LA PROGRAMS

SPONSORED BY

Thursday January, 12th

4:30 - 6:30pm

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

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, 13th

11:30am - 1pm

The Female Gaze: A Conversation Exploring Women's Identity in Contemporary Photography

Moderated by : Megan Steinman, Director of The Underground Museum

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Tickets - $10

1:30 - 3pm

Breaking News
Arpad Kovacs and Rebecca Morse in conversation with Carter Mull and Samira Yamin

Coinciding with his show Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media at the Getty Museum, Arpad Kovacs and LACMA Photography curator Rebecca Morse chat with artists Carter Mull and Samira Yamin about the ongoing interest that we have with the multiple roles that media plays in our lives and the way those dynamics cross over into artistic practice.

Tickets - $10

3:30 - 5pm

Brighter Lights, Bigger City: Social Media Now

Moderated by : Courtney Malick with Lucy Chinen, Aria Dean

With almost half of the country receiving its news from social media, it is now more than ever time to examine some of the formats and underpinning structures of Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram to get at why social media is just so captivating and powerful

Tickets - $10

5:30 - 7pm

Lucas Blalock in Conversation with Matthew Schum

The pervasive humor and democratic underpinnings of Lucas Blalock’s project belies a pictorial intelligence that crosses the boundaries of both medium centric and discursive frameworks. Blalock sits down with the greatly differing point of view of photo historian Matthew Schum to hash out points of divergence and convergence within their respective views on photography.

Tickets - $10




Saturday January, 14th

11:30am - 1pm

Weston Naef, Curator Emeritus and Founding Curator of Photographs at the Getty Museum will moderate a dialogue between several experts on the topic: Has the Wet Darkroom Vanished?--Analog Photography in the Digital Era."

Tickets - $10

1:30 - 3pm

Penelope Umbrico and Eve Schillo in Conversation


Penelope Umbrico Bad Display Drawings

Shifting the decisive click of the shutter to the culling of cultural data with the snap of many screen grabs, Penelope Umbrico consistently places sociological fascinations, ever present within the utilitarian practice of photography, into contexts for aesthetic contemplation. The artist sits down with Eve Schillo of LACMA to talk about her current installation at the museum as well as her practice at large.

Tickets - $10

3:30 - 5pm

All Killer No Filler


J Grant Brittain Steve Rocco, Santa Monica, CA

Panel - Arto Saari, and additional panelists TBA with Boyz Bieber as the Mediator

Photographic documents are the universal language used to decipher subculture, and for the past forty years skateboard photographers have upheld that ethic by defining art, fashion, and the sensibility of youth experience around the world.

Tickets - $10

5:30 - 7pm

Tony Duran - "How to find success outside of the mainstream?”

How does Tony Duran manage taking risks and being true to himself all while working in an environment of conformity and consistency? What are the necessary elements of photography required to be a professional and where is the room for any photographer to express their individuality?

Tickets - $10




Sunday January 15th

11:30 - 1pm

The Persistence of the Pictorial

Moderated by : Russell Ferguson with Martin Elder, Kelly Nipper, and Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Russell Ferguson is a Professor in the Department of Art, University of California, Los Angeles. From 2001 until 2007 he was Chief Curator at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

From the photo inflation of the early 20th century to the bloom of digital imagery in our lives today, the pictorial tradition in photography somehow remains intact from generation to generation of practitioners. Throughout the push and pull of experimental practice and high pictorialism, what is that seminal through line of picture making that remains central to the medium?




Tickets - $10
Paul Magi Sepuya Mirror Study 2016



1:30 - 3pm

Collecting Photography in the Context of Contemporary Art

Moderated by : Kathryn Andrews with Nick Grouf, Philipp Kaiser and John Morace

Avid collectors of photography as well as painting and sculpture, Nick Grouf and John Morace sit down with former Museum Ludwig (Cologne) Director Philipp Kaiser and provocative sculptor come moderator Kathryn Andrews to talk through why exactly it is so exciting to collect and conceive of photography in relation to both art and the culture industry.

Tickets - $10

3:30 - 5pm

Family, Fiduciaries and Foundations: How Collectors Can Best Preserve the Fruit of Their Labors


Sleeping Beauty (Stanley Burns, M.D.) Credit Photo by Stu Levy

Moderated by : Jennifer Stoots, Certified Photography Appraiser, Stoots, LLC with Robin Moore, Art Consultant, Robin Moore Legacies, LLC, Christine Steiner, Special Counsel, Withers Bergman LLP, Jennifer Watts, Curator of Photography, The Huntington Library, John Zabrucky, Artist, Designer & Collector

“Collecting is a private affair.” —Sam Wagstaff

But what happens to the artwork when the collector is gone? Deciding who will be the next custodian is critical and may have tax consequences. Trusts and foundations are worthy options in some situations, while bequests to institutions are the most logical for others. (Collections assembled privately are pivotal additions to some of the most respected museum collections. For example: The Gilman Paper Company collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Thomas Walther Collection at MoMA; the Julien Levy Collection at the Chicago Art Institute; and the Sam Wagstaff Collection at The J. Paul Getty, among countless others.)

Tickets - $10




2017 FOCUS PHOTO L.A. PROGRAMMING



Friday January 13th

11:30am - 1pm

Mark Edward Harris
The Fine Art of Travel Photography



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.

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Tickets - $10

1:30 - 3pm

Bob Killen
National Park Service Artist-in-Residence Grants for Photographers



Would you like to spend five days in one of our nation’s great national parks and master the art of landscape photography with a National Park Service Art Photographer? Perhaps you would like to learn how to apply for a National Park Service Artist-in-Residence Grant.

In one and one-half power-packed hours, Bob Killen, National Park Service Artist-in-Residence, will teach you how to develop your art and explore both opportunities. Discover the differences between Landscape Art, Documentary Landscapes, and the great American Postcard. Take a deep dive into the magic of workflow previsualization — from camera to post — learn how artists create bodies of work by defining Landscape Thematics. Bob will also share valuable insights about the four dominant landscape scenes and how to master them through composition and a visual voice that is unique— your own.

Next, Bob will lead you through the opportunities to obtain grants for National Park Service Artists-in-Residence programs. Review various parks, explore different challenges and requirements and find out what it means to be a National Park Service Artist-in-Residence.

Presenter Bio: Bob Killen is a National Park Service Artist-in-Residence, Adobe Certified Instructor, Director of Mojave National Preserve Artists Foundation, and Director of National Park Service Photographic Expeditions programs. Collectors in 23 countries own Bob’s artwork, and he speaks to artists across the nation about the art in the parks opportunities. This unique seminar is open to all photographers who wish to master the art of landscape photography and grow their portfolios.

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Tickets - $10

3:30 - 5pm

The World Of Inkjet Papers - Success or Failure... The Print Matters!
With the right paper choice you can turn ordinary images in to extraordinary prints!

"The World Of Inkjet Papers - Success or Failure... The Print Matters!" presented by Eric Joseph, Senior VP at Freestyle, will educate you on every brand of inkjet paper available from RC to Canvas. You will understand how to match the right paper to your unique image. Unlike any other seminar, you will walk away from this with the knowledge you need to enhance and excel your printmaking skills. If you've ever wanted advice on what inkjet paper to use from an industry insider and expert, this is your chance.

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!

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Tickets - Free   *Reserve a seat through the "Buy Tickets" link.

5:30 - 7pm

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 - $30 online, $35 at the door






Saturday January 14th

11:30am - 1pm

The World Of Inkjet Papers - Success or Failure... The Print Matters!
With the right paper choice you can turn ordinary images in to extraordinary prints!

"The World Of Inkjet Papers - Success or Failure... The Print Matters!" presented by Eric Joseph, Senior VP at Freestyle, will educate you on every brand of inkjet paper available from RC to Canvas. You will understand how to match the right paper to your unique image. Unlike any other seminar, you will walk away from this with the knowledge you need to enhance and excel your printmaking skills. If you've ever wanted advice on what inkjet paper to use from an industry insider and expert, this is your chance.

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!

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Tickets - Free   *Reserve a seat through the "Buy Tickets" link.

1:30 - 3pm

Natasha Calzatti
The Easy Way To Work In Capture One Pro 9



Find out what Capture One is and does and how it can help you process and organize your images. Getting started with Capture One Pro, instructor Natasha Calzatti will offer an easy-to-understand introduction to this useful program.

Learn how to import your images, understand the difference between a referenced catalog and a session. Learn how the adjustment sliders affect your images, how best to use the histogram, and how to fix your problem images. Learn to organize your images so you can easily find them later, and see a complete workflow from import to export. Explore your options for retouching by adjusting localized areas within your images. Once your images are organized and adjusted, learn to print and export to post images on the web.

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Tickets - $10

5:30 - 7pm

Brian Leary
When the Lights Come on in the City: Night Photography in an Urban Environment



The sun starts setting earlier with the arrival of autumn. That does not mean that you have to put away your camera! After the sun has set, there are a myriad of photographs waiting for you to capture, all it takes is looking at things a little differently. No matter what time of day or night you are out with your camera, you are only photographing how light is falling on your subject. At night, light is coming from all different directions and in an array of colors. In this informative and easy to follow class, Brian Leary will teach you how to create stunning images at night by just using different types of light present in a city. From the very basics of exposure and how to see different types of light to ways of creating different effects within your images, this class will open up a whole new world of photography for you.

Presenter Bio: For nine months of the year, over the course of more than a decade, Brian Leary funded his severe travel addiction by working behind the counter in camera stores. During this time he has also photographed everything from real estate and weddings to endangered rhinoceroses and the 50th anniversary of the Dalai Lama’s exile from Tibet. The remaining three months were spent wandering the planet, experiencing cultures vastly different from the one he had grown up in. About two years into this work/travel cycle he was asked to teach photography classes and discovered a unique talent for taking complex photographic theories and explaining them in an easy to understand manner. Since then Brian has been getting people excited about photography and helping them along their own photographic journeys.

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Tickets - $10




Sunday January 15th

11:30 - 1pm

Gregg Cobarr
A Glimpse into the Artful Eye of Fashion Photography

Photography has always been an important part of presenting the latest designs in the fashion industry. About one hundred years ago, something exciting began happening – a brand new and much more creative way to present fashion through photography. In his presentation, Gregg Cobarr, explores what made those changes in fashion photography so unique. He will also show his own images that depict the art side of his fashion photography and discuss techniques to help enable Photo LA participants to develop a more creative approach to fashion photography. This will include specifics about maximizing your work with models, utilizing the many variables of light – both natural and artificial, as well as emphasizing fashion as one part of the photo, not just the entire visual content. You will come away with a different understanding of what is possible in fashion photography and how rules are made to be broken.



Presenter Bio: Gregg Cobarr is a world-renowned entertainment/celebrity and fashion photographer with over forty years of professional experience. He has worked with clients as Columbia and Epic Records, RCA, Capitol, Universal and Warner Music, 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures. His fashion photos have been featured with international fashion designers. Gregg’s work has been published both nationally and internationally in addition to numerous awards for his photography. He has had several exhibitions in Europe and the U.S. and has given Master Classes at International Photo Fairs in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. His photography is in the permanent collections at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as well as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum. Gregg has a special passion for teaching his techniques.

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Tickets - $10

1:30 - 3 pm

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 mid- career. 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

George Simian
Portraiture with One Light

Photographic portraits are made memorable and compelling by the quality of the light. Join me in this demonstration of how lighting the portrait, with only one strobe light, can dramatically change the experience and emotional message of the image. We’ll work fast, addressing both the effects of the light on the face, and the personal exchange between the subject and the photographer, while displaying every image instantaneously on a large monitor. This image was made during the 2015 Photo LA seminar - come see me make new and surprising images with just one light! George Simian is a commercial photographer, a people person, an advocate for photographers' rights (APA-LA), and an educator (Samy's Photo School, Ubud Bali Photo Workshops), recognized by PDN Magazine as one of the Best Photo Workshop Instructors nationwide.

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Tickets - $10