Thursday, September 30, 2010

Restrepo - Free with Q&A @ Getty

Saturday the Getty will be screening Restrepo, which I'm dying to see, for free if you RSVP. It will be followed with a Q&A with Tim Hetherington

I almost wish I weren't going to be in Palm Springs. Almost.

RSVP: (310) 440-7300

Saturday Oct 2, 2010 7 pm.

Harold M. Williams Auditorium.
The Getty
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Friday, September 24, 2010

Two-Year Anniversary

Today is the 2 year anniversary of my having started WCST, which is kind of crazy to contemplate. Thanks to all of you for sticking with me and have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Opening Friday - Yale MFA show @ Eighth Veil

Copyright RoryMulligan

Stranger than Fiction
, a show of work by Yale MFA students opens Friday at Eighth Veil. Did you know they admit just 9 students each year? Go see what all the fuss is about.

David Bush
Lucas Foglia
Kate Greene
Tatiana Grigorenko
Curran Hatleberg
Tiffani Hooper
Rory Mulligan
Hrvoje Slovenc
Monika Sziladi

Friday, Sept. 24, 7-9pm
7174 Sunset Blvd.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Opening Saturday - Paul Nzalamba @ LA Archive Gallery

Nzalamba was born in 1950 in Uganda of Rwandese parents. He arrived in US in 1978 and studied photography in adult school at Otis Parsons. He visited Rwanda in 1995, a year after Genocide was stopped and took his first photos there and has been traveling annually to document the country with his 4x5.

The opening is this Saturday from 5-8pm. See invite below for details.

All images copyright Paul Nzalamba

Friday, September 17, 2010

Photographers doing video?

So let me get this straight. Commercial and editorial shooters are now convinced that because everyone has access to quality cameras and can take “good” photos, they’ve got to move into video for new media, despite the fact that there are heaps of people who specialized in video and have a huge leg up and also despite the fact that pretty soon HD video will be in accessible to everyone and not just those that can afford a $2,000 camera just like what happened with photography? Does anyone else see the failed logic here? This has been bugging me for a year or so.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Taryn Simon @ Gagosian

Copyright Taryn Simon

Taryn Simon's newest work, Contraband will be on view at Gagosian Beverly Hills through November 6, featuring items confiscated entering the US at JFK. Over 5 days, she shot over 1,000 confiscated items. I'm guessing not all will be on display...

This work may be a bit too typological for my taste but I can't balk at an opportunity to see my number one photo crush in person.

Opening Reception:

Wednesday, September 22nd, 6-8pm
456 N. Camden Drive


TED Talk
On Charlie Rose

Man Ray at San Marino Gallery

A private collection of vintage Man Ray taken between 1920 and 1937 and never before exhibited will be on display at San Marino Gallery in Pasadena through Oct. 25. The opening reception is this evening from 7-10pm. Sorry for the last minute heads up but if you were wondering what to do tonight...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Saturday Openings - Culver City

On Saturday, Paul Kopeikin opens his newly relocated space with a previously mentioned 1st solo show for Simone Lueck. Her Once and Future Queens will be on view starting at 7:34pm (End of Yom Kippur) and ending at 10pm.

Copyright Simone Lueck

Around the corner, Kaycee Olsen Gallery is having an opening for Jeff Sheng's Don't Ask, Don't Tell from 6-8pm.

Copyright Jeff Sheng

Larry Towell speaks at Annenberg

Copyright Larry Towell / Magnum

Next Thursday, Magnum member Larry Towell will speak as part of the Annenberg Space for Photography's Iris Nights lectures. It's too bad I don't get off work until the thing starts at 6:30. Maybe they should rename it Iris Evenings.

Register early (recommended) here.

On a related note, I wish I could watch Indecisive Moments.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Still (and not so still) Life @ the Getty

Copyright Marian Drew

In Focus: Still Life opens today at the Getty through Jan 23rd. In the case of the photo below, I'd say it's not exactly still.

Random yet somewhat relevant to Los Angeles fact of the day: Did you know that Still Life literally translated is "Dead Nature" in Spanish?

Copyright Ori Gersht

While there, be sure not to miss Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography Since the Sixties, on view through November 14.

Feature - Olivier Laude

Olivier Laude's a weirdo and I love it. It's one thing to be a weirdo and another to execute that vision technically and Olivier excels at this. He lives up the coast in San Fran and his scenes scream CA to me. Many of them appear to have been shot in the central valley and his colors truly pop.

For further weirdness, here's an interview from 2008 with Timothy Archibald.

All images copyright Olivier Laude

Monday, September 13, 2010

Massimo Vitali @ M+B

Having gone away for the week, I missed the opening reception for Massimo Vitali's show at M+B and also neglected to let you know about it. Ok, so we missed the Grolsch but there's still plenty of time to view the show sober.

September 11 - October 16, 2010

612 North Almont Drive
Los Angeles, California 90069
310 550 0050

You can see some internet versions of pieces in the show here.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Vacation & Simone Lueck @ Kopeikin Culver City

I'm headed up to Lake Tahoe next week so the blog will be on a short break until Friday.

Lake Tahoe - Copyright Katie Shapiro

Since that will be short notice, I'd like to let you know about Simone Lueck's first solo show, which is opening at Kopeikin Gallery's new digs in Culver City, coinciding with the Culver City art walk next Saturday the 18th.

Copyright Simone Lueck

"For the past year the artist has been placing ads on Craigslist and in newspapers in various US cities soliciting older woman to pose as glamorous movie stars. The pictures are collaborations: Each participant is asked to provide her own makeup, hair and wardrobe. As active players in the affair, the women are able to shape their individual portrayal. The shows are fantasies, and the performance reflects each woman's perception of glamour. Through these private exhibitions, a culture of faded glamour emerges. The women are understood to be motivated by the desire to perform, as though this essential desire had been left idle and unfulfilled. While posing as a glamorous movie star, each woman is, for a moment, fulfilling her fantasy. The series reveals a world where faded glamour is glowing, harsh and beautiful."

Kopeikin Gallery
Saturday, September 18th
from 7:34 (The end of Yom Kippur) -10

2766 La Cienega Blvd (just north of Washington)
Los Angeles, California 90034

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Feature - Claire Harlan

I met Claire Harlan at the Photo LA reviews last year. I'm a big fan of her landscapes, especially her night landscapes.

All images Copyright Claire Harlan