Wednesday, January 12, 2011

This Weekend - Photo LA!

The 20th annual Photo LA happens this weekend. You can see the full list of programming and events here. Of note, Stephen Shore will join the photographers involved in Schaden's La Brea Matrix in a discussion on Saturday. Yes, that Stephen Shore. Also, Friday night is the Portfolio Walk, during which you can view the work of all of the photographers participating in Review LA. This is a great chance to see what people are up to these days and get your finger on the pulse of emerging photography. Also, if you're considering doing a review in the future when you've got a ripe project, this is an excellent way to see how you should present the work and how you should not, in some cases.

Of course, the biggest event will be the opening reception tomorrow night from 6-9pm. Tickets cost $80 but there is booze, proceeds go to benefit the photography department of LACMA, William Eggleston will be in attendance, and you also get a one-day return pass in case you're too busy schmoozing to actually look at work and books. Say hello if you see me there.

THE LA BREA MATRIX: A Panel Discussion
Saturday, January 15 · 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location Santa Monica Civic Auditorium / Double Tree Hotel

This event is free to the public. Tickets are available one hour in advance at the Photo LA box office.


THE LA BREA MATRIX project explores the complex relationship and cross-cultural exchange between art photographers on both sides of the Atlantic. At its core the project is questioning the iconic power of the photograph Stephen Shore took on the corner of La Brea Avenue and Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles on June 21, 1975.

For the project, six German photographers were invited to Los Angeles to create a new body of work that searchs for photographic points of reference to Shore's landmark picture.

This program brings together STEPHEN SHORE with core individuals involved in THE LA BREA MATRIX including JENS LIEBCHEN, OLIVER SIEBER, MARKUS SCHADEN, and CHRISTIANNE DEARBORN, along with photography collector MANFRED HEITING to present for the first time the new photographs taken in Los Angeles and discuss the project in depth.

Presented in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, and The Lapis Press.

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