« Baker's Dozen Call for Work: House | Main | The Enemy Is Creeping Up On the Encampment »

Sunday, 03 September 2023


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

What a great article. Very enlightening.

FYI, Fahey-Kline exhibits contemporary photography on a regular basis. It is near West Hollywood,not “Downtown “…

I don't do IG, and so much of the stuff found elsewhere on the internets is mediocre at best. Some of the best work can be found on sites featuring and previewing photobooks.

In San Francisco, Pier 24 was the premier photography exhibition showcase, after repairing the rotting pier it's situated on before it collapsed into the bay, the city showed it gratitude by tripling its rent- it closes permanently on 7/25.

JH, I agree that most of the "conceptual" modern "photography" we're likely to see, is crap. That, however, is where things are today. We aficionados of classic photography have been passed by. I doubt the galleries would show the conceptual stuff if it weren't popular and profitable. Thanks, BTY, for the suggestions of venues to see in LA.

Since JH is based in LA I’ll assume he’s familiar with the work of James Turrell, but for any TOP readers who aren’t I highly recommend a visit to one of his “skyspaces”, indoor/outdoor art installations that can be found in many parts of the world. Turrell’s work is all about light and how we perceive it and it’s made me think differently about the color of the sky. I found the sunrise/sunset viewings especially moving.

I find myself in Carmel, CA each year at least once and I meander through the many galleries there each time - mostly just the galleries that feature photography.

The Weston Gallery is my favorite. Beautiful space and the perfect mixture of my favorite types of photography, mostly bw but some color. Unfortunately since the pandemic it is only open by appointment - that may have changed since my last visit.

One of my takeaways from looking through many of the other galleries is my frustration, in a way, with modern color. The color prints that you do find seem to almost all be on metal or acrylic, super gloss - which I think CAN be a great look. But everything is SUPER-vibrant, SUPER-saturated, SUPER-sharpened. I admit the attractiveness of these prints - they ATTRACT the viewer and they pop. But as a photographer who prefers things to more closely match reality, it's sort of a turnoff. It actually is one of the things that has lead me to be more interested in bw and in film. A reaction to that fake color I guess.

"Some of the best work can be found on sites featuring and previewing photobooks."

Suggestions please.

The Getty just took down a photo exhibit of Tim Walker (born 1970 and undead). The subsequently dead Manuel Alvarez Bravo was the first living photographer to be granted the Getty varsity letter back in 1992.

Nice essay describing and even nicer personal ceremony.

For Los Angeles photography the closure of the Annenberg Space was a massive loss. The quality of the photographs and the installations were always top class.

Like JH, I would prefer to see more living photographers exhibited but we did have a brilliant Josef Koudelka show at the Getty in 2015.

I lived in Toronto and belonged to an artist run photography centre, which has both a gallery space and darkrooms/studio spaces. A majority of the work exhibited are from MFA students and graduates- you could usually tell as it was 'conceptual' work. The gallery and artist relied on grants from Canada Arts Council to function. It seems to me that in order receive a grant, the work typically needs to express political or social issues such as gender inequality, gender issues or multiculturalism. This is all good. However, when the social and political issues take front seat over an aesthetic in the work, then things go wrong. I have been thinking for awhile that much of the arts have been highjacked by academia. I often find that I have to read the artist description before I can get anything out the work. A piece of art should be able to be enjoyed by its aesthetic alone; and then after the initial attraction, reading the description can add to the experience. Unfortunately, this is often not the case. Often, the exhibits seemed almost anti-aesthetic. One of the last exhibits I saw at the photography centre included a hanging neon form with piles of rubble on the floor and holes in the gallery walls. I didn't even bother reading the description.

Make that 7/24!

Things seem to be a little different here, on the other side of the pond. I am going to London in a few days time to see as many of the seven photographic exhibitions that I have on my list as I can fit in. The amateur exhibition world is also healthy. There are the Midland Mono, the Smethwick International Salon and the Midland Salon, and that's just in my locality.

Also in L.A., just “off the top of my head”:
Rose Gallery, also in the Santa Monica Bergamot Station art gallery complex - they downsized from a larger space but still exhibit photography. Other galleries there sometimes do. I just make the rounds there occasionally and see what else I can find.

Leica Gallery LA on Beverly Blvd. The second floor of the Leica Store is all exhibit space for photo shows. Soon an exhibit of still photos by Academy Award winning cinematographer Roger Deakins.

The Los Angeles County Art Museum sometimes has photo exhibits. A few years ago, pre pandemic, they had a very nice show of William Eggleston’s photos, who is still alive, as far as I know.

The comments to this entry are closed.



Blog powered by Typepad
Member since 06/2007