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The longstanding photo l.a. returns to the historic Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for its 21st edition on Thursday, January 12 – Monday, January 16, 2012.

Continuing the discourse on photography’s place in the fine arts, photo l.a. provides dealers from around the globe a platform for the exhibition of vintage masterworks, contemporary photography, as well as video and multimedia installations. This exciting juxtaposition creates the character that is photo l.a.  

photo l.a. is proud to once again host the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as the beneficiary for the opening night benefit gala on Thursday, January 12, 2012 from  6:00pm – 9:00pm with with special host Moby + DJ Aaron Byrd, KCRW.

Over the last couple decades, photo l.a. has exhibited more than 300 galleries, private dealers and publishers, as well as presented more than 150 lectures and collecting seminars to the public. The continued effort to create a dynamic experience for photo l.a. patrons has not only increased a very loyal fan base, but has attracted over 11,000 interested collectors, curators and dealers of photography annually.

In addition to the continuation of the lectures, panels, book signings and special installations, photo l.a. is pleased to announce Salon de Tableaux, an area of tabletop presentations showcasing vintage, vernacular and unique photography. Also, photo l.a. is proud to introduce photoBOOK – a forum with guest reviewers offering feedback to photographers on their book proposals.


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photo l.a. 2012’s speakers, panels, roundtables, book signings and installations include:



* Eileen Cowin Artist, Photographer

* Ken Gonzalez-Day Artist, Chair, Professor, Art Dept., Scripps College

* Weston Naef Curator Emeritus, The J. Paul Getty Museum

* Jeffrey Henson Scales Photographer, Photo Editor, The New York Times



* Stephen Cohen Founder, photo l.a.

* Hunter Drohojowska-Philip Author

* Michael Fried Critic, Author

* Lee Kaplan Owner, Arcana Books on the Arts

* Willie Middlebrook Photographer, Artist

* Weston Naef Curator Emeritus, The J. Paul Getty Museum

* Sheila Pinkel Photographer, Professor, Art & Art History, Claremont College

* Franklin Sirmans Curator, Department Head, Contemporary Art, LACMA

* Lloyd Ziff Photographer



* Charlotte Dumas Retrieved, Paradis, Al Lavaro!

* Michael Fried Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before

* Weston Naef Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Plate Photographs

* Hunter Drohojowska-Philip, Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene & the 1960’s

* Julia Reyes Taubman Detroit: 138 Square Miles

* Lloyd Ziff, Near North: Photographs of Alaska and the Yukon



* Allan Sekula Photographer, Filmmaker, Professor

* Dennis Keeley Photographer, Head, Dept. of Photography & Imaging, Art Center

* Issa Sharp Photographer, Instructor of Photography

* Mark Hanauer Photographer



* Collecting Photographs: Public & Private Collections

* Emerging Focus, Photo Competition Finalists

* Golden Age of Physique Photography 1945 – 1970

* Photographers of the Getty Initiative Pacific Standard Time, Art in Los Angeles, 1945-1980

* Photography Book Roundtable

* Soho Cameraworks / Cameravision Galleries 1975 – 1983

* Technical Seminars presented by Canon and Samy’s Camera

* Vivian Maier, Street Photographer: A Conversation


As the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 initiative continues into January, photo l.a. will include installations focusing on post-WWII art created in Southern California. January is also L.A. Arts Month, a collective marketing effort by the city and its arts organizations to attract enthusiasts and collectors to Los Angeles.

Please join photo l.a. in January for a memorable four days of art, education, and excitement. Check their official site regularly for updates on ordering tickets, special projects, and events.



Woman by the Pool Anthony Friedkin Beverly Hills Hotel, 1975

The 21st Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition


January 12 – 16, 2012


Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

1855 Main Street

Santa Monica, CA 90401-3209



Thursday, January 12, 2012 6pm – 9pm

Benefiting the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for programming at the Wallis Annenberg Department of Photography.

photo l.a. benefit gala tickets



Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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