photo l.a. 2013

© Chris McCaw, Sunburned GSP #225 (Pacific Ocean_LA), 2008. 16″x20″ unique gelatin silver paper negative, Courtesy of Duncan Miler Gallery


The 22nd International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition – aka photo l.a. – will be held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, on JANUARY 17 – 21, 2013.

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.  

Acclaimed as a showcase for the best in the photographic arts, photo l.a. continues to be one of the most dynamic and energized art fairs in the world. Since 1992, over 300 galleries, private dealers and publishers have participated and exhibited at photo l.a. More than 200 lectures, panels and collecting seminars have been presented. photo l.a.’s rich and distinguished history has influenced the transforming art/photography landscape of Los Angeles. Many important artists have been introduced to the public at photo l.a. and we are honored to have played a crucial role in the cultural life of Los Angeles.

With over 10,000 visitors photo l.a. is an excellent platform for meeting with collectors, curators and artists in Los Angeles. Their outstanding programming series continues to address the most current topics in the converging worlds of art and photography.

The 21st Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition

photo l.a.


January 17 – 21, 2013


Santa Monica Civic Auditorium

1855 Main Street

Santa Monica, CA 90401-3209

photo l.a. is honored to host the preview reception for the benefit of Inner-City Arts on January 17, 2013 from 6 – 9 pm.

Please join them for an evening of art and charity.

Tickets are $80 and can be purchased online here.

Tiffany Trenda will be performing “Body Code” live during photo l.a.’s opening night.

The performance time is 6:30 pm – 7:15 pm.

The 2013 Host Committee:

Gordon Baldwin Weston Naef
Helen Bartlett Maureen O’Sullivan
Tony Bill Steve Reinstein
Danny First Jed Root
Anthony Friedkin Leslie Rubinoff
Bernard Fixot Devon Susholtz
Valerie-Anne Giscard d’Estaing Rita Taggart
Michael Hawley Stacy Twilley
Alexandra Hedison Alessandro Uzielli
Gloria Katz Huyck Haskell Wexler
Willard Huyck Firooz Zahedi
Kai Loebach



SIEM REAP SEPT 05 003 – by Jay Mark Johnson

Artist Spotlight:

LA-based artist Jay Mark Johnson has produced a new series of works that engage viewers in a critical dialogue about mainstream and marginalized communities.

SIDESHOW: Images of Marginal Relevance, an evocative presentation of new photographs produced in rural Cambodia during artist Jay Mark Johnson’s month-long sojourn to Southeast Asia, makes its debut at photo l.a., one of the world’s most dynamic and defining photo fairs. His new work will be on view at the Santa Monica Civic Center from Jan. 17-21. The inaugural images of the satirically titled series aim to engage viewers in a critical dialogue focusing on the contrast between predominant and marginalized communities, and, ultimately, the nature of the human condition itself.

SIDESHOW builds upon Johnson’s pioneering SPACETIME series. An innovative body of work, SPACETIME challenges the norms of perception through a deep exploration of timeline photography. What began as rudimentary experiments in 2005, has transformed the photographic landscape, redefining perceptions of time and space. Johnson employs an altered camera system that is blind to horizontal spatial dimensions yet sensitive to changes over time. His images are at once painterly, poetic whimsical, and critically engaging.

About the artist:

Jay Mark Johnson (American, b. 1955) has been producing artwork that challenges the norms of perception for the last decade. Throughout his thirty-year career, in work spanning the disciplines from visual arts and cinema to studies in anthropological and cognitive sciences, he has made visible the intersection of human nature and society.

With a keen eye for composition and design, Johnson explores questions of representation and time in both built and conceptual art and architecture through his lifework. It is impossible to look at Johnson’s artwork—whether a landscape or cityscape—without perceiving a vast horizontal expanse, though no such place was recorded by his camera.

“Through my images, I hope to create a conversation that explores our shared curiosity and perception of the world,” says Johnson.

A range of instances throughout art history inspires Johnson’s unique vision from great master painters to early modernism and cinema to contemporary photography. A student of architecture, throughout the 1970s, Johnson worked closely with architects Peter Eisenman, Aldo Rossi and Lebbeus Wood. In the 1980s, Johnson began working in both visual and performance art, collaborating with Robbie McCauley, Nan Goldin and Jon Lurie. During this period, Johnson’s sensitivities to pressing social and cultural issues led him to pursue media work as a political activist, co-founding the television collective, XchangeTV. During this time, he also produced his Postcard Action series now held in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution and the Art Institute of Chicago. In the late 1980s, Johnson moved to Central America where he co-founded two television collectives in Mexico and El Salvador, at the height of political unrest. In 1991, Johnson returned to Los Angeles, where he worked in the film industry, creating and supervising visual effects for major studio films including The Matrix and Titanic. He has spent the last decade exploring his first love, photography.

Since 1996, Johnson has lived in Paris, Antwerp, Rome and Tuscany. His work is held by prestigious public collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution and the Art Institute of Chicago, Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, the Langen Foundation and Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe (Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe). Johnson currently resides in Venice, California, and his work has been seen throughout Los Angeles and around the globe.



About Inner-City Arts:

Inner-City Arts is a learning oasis in the heart of Los Angeles’ Skid Row where professional artists teach students in a real studio environment. Since its inception, Inner-City Arts has served more than 150,000 of the city’s most at-risk children at no cost to the students.

Founded in 1989, Inner-City Arts works in partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District to bring elementary and middle school students to the campus during the school day for instruction in the visual and performing arts. High school students participate in after-school and Saturday programs.

National, long-term research proves that students who attend Inner-City Arts’ classes show dramatic increases in statewide standardized test scores: 25% in math, 18% in reading, 8% in English proficiency. They also learn skills that are highly valued in the 21st century workforce such as collaboration, and creative and conceptual thinking. Most importantly, students who receive education in the arts are able to create a whole new vision of self- a new world of hope that includes accomplishment and belonging.



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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