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Tuesday, 25 October 2005





Apr 22 Scalo / Guye Gallery. Reception for Annelies Štrba.
Apr 28 Irvine Fine Arts Center. "Pure" and "Art Off the Wall", reception for exhibits of high school student art.
Apr 29 San Diego Natural History Museum. "The Living World" by Art Wolfe & other artists begins.
May 13 San Diego Natural History Museum. A.M. lecture by Art Wolfe. P.M. reception for Art Wolfe & others.
May 18 The Photographers' Exchange. May Meeting. Irvine Fine Arts Center. 6:30 p.m.
May 18 Ordover Gallery Project. Reception for Tom O. Scott & Peter Gorwin. Cedros Gallery Night, Solana Beach
May 20 The Office - An Art Space. Polaroids by Naida Osline and Jenna Gallemore.
May 20 photographers' Summer party and opening.
May 20 Bamboo Lane Gallery. "The Floating World". Sun Jiqiang, Danielle Shang and Juan Carlos Avendano.
May 21 Balboa Island Artwalk.
May 23 Track 16 Gallery. "AfricAlive:Portraits of Success".
May 24 Skirball Cultural Center. "Rwanda/After, Darfur/Now: Photographs by Michal Ronnen Safdie" begins.
May 25 Fahey/Klein Gallery. Roger Ballen. Opening for "Shadow Chamber".
May 25 Gagosian Gallery. Roe Ethridge. "Apples and Cigarettes"
May 26 Apex Fine Art. "Summer", a group exhibit summer by a variety of Life Magazine photographers.
May 27 Calumet Photographic, Escondido. Artists' reception for "The Best of the PPSDC".
May 27 Ruth Bachofner Gallery. Catherine Gfeller.
June 01 Emanuel Dale Photographic Art. Reception for "Homage to Hopper". Laguna Beach 1st Thursday Artwalk.
June 01 Gallery 487. Reception for Michael Hammer. "Lakeside Sketches". San Pedro 1st Thursday Artwalk.
June 01 Duncan Miller Gallery. "Rock Icons".
June 02 MB Fine Art. Jean-Baptiste Mondino. "Guitar Eros".
June 03 Ordover Gallery at San Diego Natural History Museum. Exhibit by William Neill begins.
June 03 Irvine Fine Arts Center. Studio Arts Festival.
June 03 Craig Krull Gallery. Marvin Rand. A retrospective exhibit of his architectural photography.
June 03 Sulkin/Secant Gallery. Artists' reception for Wayne Hanson and Bruna Stude. "Beneath".
June 03 SCALO/Guye Gallery. "Some Tribes". Group show.
June 03 Farmani Gallery. Wayne Schoenfeld. "Circus Life".
June 04 A Studio Gallery. Katrina Desmond. "Animism".
June 09 Joseph Bellows Gallery. Olivia Parker. "Lost Objects".
June 10 Distinction Fine Art. Escondido 2nd Saturday Artwalk. Hugo Salina, Victoria Huckins, Christopher Blaikie
June 10 Rose Gallery. Opening reception for Adam Bartos. "Boulevard".
June 10 Japanese American National Museum. Booksigning & reception for Kip Fulbeck. "part asian, 100% hapa"
June 13 The Getty Center. Eliot Porter. "In the Realm of Nature" begins.
June 15 The Photographers' Exchange. June Meeting. Irvine Fine Arts Center. 6:30 p.m.
June 16 Couturier Gallery. Opening for "Orantes (Prayers)", ceramics by Jorge Marin.
June 17 Chapman University Guggenheim Gallery. "Dogma". Southern California Artists, reception and fundraiser
Aug. 28 El Camino College Art Gallery. “Landscape of the Sublime”. Group exhibit.

1. LYCEUM THEATRE GALLERY Horton Plaza. Gaslamp District. San Diego. (858) 793-0900 for information. The Art of Photography Show can be seen until June 4th at the Lyceum Theatre at Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego. The exhibition features 104 images selected by juror Arthur Ollman, retiring director of MoPA, from a total of 9,517 entries received from 1,976 artists from 35 countries. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can get complete information about the exhibit at
A number of the award winning entries can be seen at
If you are intrigued by the 1st place award-winning image by Monica Denevan, you can see many more examples of her work from that series at

2. MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS Balboa Park. San Diego. (619) 238-7559.

"Breaking the Frame: Pioneering Women in Photojournalism", exhibited until September 24th.
Museum of Photographic Arts is mounting a museum-wide examination of the photographs, films, newsreels, and cameras from the late 1920s to mid-1950s that changed the world. Breaking the Frame celebrates the first women in photojournalism such as Margaret Bourke-White, Grace Robertson, Thérèse Bonney, Hansel Mieth, Esther Bubley, and Olga Lander. A film series will complement this and the two adjacent exhibitions.

"Shooting in 35: The First 35 mm Photographs", exhibited until September 17th.
35 mm film changed the way both professional photographers and the public saw the world. Through images captured by Erich Salomon, Alfred Eisenstaedt, Robert Capa, Yevgeny Khaldei, and Arkadij Shaikhet, discover how the introduction of 35mm cameras and faster film impacted both the field of photography and the public’s access to information.

"Today's Pioneers: Women Photojournalists in Iraq and Afghanistan", exhibited until September 17th.
This exhibition examines thirty-five images by award-winning contemporary photographers Stephanie Sinclair and Andrea Bruce. Their work brings the legacy of the earlier women photojournalists full circle. Sinclair and Bruce capture on film not only active combat, but domestic life in the Middle East not accessible to their male counterparts.

3. THE ORDOVER GALLERY at the SAN DIEGO NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM. Balboa Park. San Diego. (619) 232-3821. (858) 720-1121. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

In what will likely be a mutually beneficial partnership, in as much as both institutions have a common interest in celebrating the beauty of creation and the natural world, Ordover Gallery has relocated from Solana Beach to the 4th floor of the museum for the duration of 2006. The gallery will present exhibits throughout the year featuring the work of 22 of its most prominent artists. The museum's web-site refers to the venture as "VISIONS of the NATURAL WORLD through the LENS of the MASTERS". It further states that from January 28, 2006–January 8, 2007 this collaborative effort between the Museum and The Ordover Gallery will be presented in a series of eight shows that feature nature-based, fine-art photography. All of the artwork will be for sale, and a substantial portion of proceeds will benefit the Museum. Paid admission to the museum is required in order to access the gallery on the 4th floor, unless you happen to have an e-vite to the opening receptions.

Through May 29th the principal exhibit is "The Living World" by Art Wolfe. The exhibit is described in the press release as follows. "Art Wolfe, the featured photographer of The Living World show, is recognized throughout the world for his stunning and dramatic images of wildlife, landscapes and native cultures. Wolfe has published 65 books of his photography and has been awarded with the coveted Alfred Eisenstaedt Magazine Photography Award. Magazines all over the world publish his photographs and stories. Wolfe has also been named Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year by the North American Nature Photography Association. Fine art photographs by Joseph Holmes, Pat O'Hara, Abe Ordover, Linde Waidhofer, and Huntington Witherill will also be shown. Glass artist Dick Ditore will show wall pieces and sculptor Jeffery Laudenslager will show metal sculptures."

The following exhibit will begin Saturday, June 3rd with the featured artist being William Neill with a body of work entitled "Landscapes of the Spirit". The other artists whose work can also be seen until July 10th are photographers Abe Ordover, Tom O. Scott, Melissa Teller, and glass artist Dick Ditore. Information about the artists and their portfolios can be seen at the web-site. Contact the gallery about the date of the opening reception.

On Saturday, August 26th, there will be a lecture with Philip Scholz Ritterman titled "A Personal Vision of the Landscape".

4. SPACE at SOUP OR SALAD. 4646 Park Blvd. (near Adams) San Diego. (619) 252-9711 or 294-7687.
SPACE is a small gallery space that is dedicated to local emerging photographers showing anything from mixed media to digital to black and white prints in monthly exhibits. It's located on the walls of a bistro in University Heights named Soup or Salad. The exhibits are hung as close to the beginning of the month as possible and come down at month's end. 10% of the proceeds of sales are donated to a local non-profit organization. For the first six months of 2006 the beneficiary is the San Diego Art Institute. While it has virtually no information about the gallery, the restaurant's web-site is Their new extended hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m., 7 days a week. Since it's just three miles north of Balboa Park on Park Blvd., it makes for a convenient place to stop before or after a visit to MoPA.

The May exhibition at SPACE is a series of black & white images by Chip Morton. The show title is "The cold, harsh realizations of youthful ideologies gone awry". At you can see images by the artist and explore his self admitted warped sense of humor. His title gets my vote for best title of an exhibit thus far this year.

Details of the June exhibit aren't yet available. Sadly, this will be SPACE's last exhibit at Soup or Salad. Andrew Printer, who has curated the shows and worked tirelessly to promote emerging local photographers and their work, is finding that the exigencies of life are making it impossible for him to be able to continue to devote the necessary time to his artistic philanthropy. Hopefully, the artists that have had their work shown appreciate Andrew's hard work and the gift that he gave to them.

5. GALLERY OLD TOWN. 2513 San Diego Ave. Old Town. San Diego. (619) 296-7877.
The gallery is a franchise of the Life Magazine Gallery of Photography. They continually show a variety of images by the most celebrated Life photographers such as Alfred Eisenstaedt, Margaret Bourke-White, Carl Mydans, George Silk, Andreas Feininger, Joe Rosenthal, Robert Capa, Dmitri Kessel, Gordon Parks and others. The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Presently, the majority of the images on the wall are Eisenstaedt prints. Apart from the opportunity to see prints by these photographers this is not a destination that I make a priority to visit. Granted the gallery is in Old Town, but it looks like a homesteader's shack, has barely passable lighting, the photographs are poorly displayed, and there's no air conditioning. These icons of photography deserve better.

6. JOSEPH BELLOWS GALLERY. 7661 Girard Ave. La Jolla. (858) 456-5620.
Now being shown until June 3rd are two new exhibits by Han Nguyen, "Flow" and "Model Home". A second exhibit entitled "Gallery Selections" is a group show of various gallery artists featuring mostly vintage work by William Garnett, Brett and Edward Weston, Mark Citret, Paul Caponigro, Debbie Fleming Caffrey, and others. The group show is also on view until June 3rd.
Beginning with a reception from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, June 9th is "Lost Objects", new work by Olivia Parker.

7. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, LA JOLLA. 700 Prospect St. La Jolla. (858) 454-3541. Continuing until September 3rd is “Cerca Series:Yvonne Venegas, Tijuana Portraits,” photographs of artists taken in the Tijuana landscape. The project is described as follows on the web-site.
"MCASD has commissioned Tijuana photographer Yvonne Venegas to create portraits of the artists in the exhibition Strange New World: Art and Design from Tijuana. Cerca Series: Yvonne Venegas, Tijuana Portraits presents this body of work, which examines the genres of portrait and landscape photography. Venegas asked each of the artists in the exhibition to select the location of their photograph. By opening up the photographic shoot to the chaotic conditions and unexpected events of a particular place, she expanded the parameters of her commission, from the characteristic focus on the physical features of the sitter, to the representation of place. As documents, Venegas’ portraits record the variable physical and psychological spaces connecting places and their inhabitants."

8. THE ORDOVER PROJECT. 444 S. Cedros, Suite 172. Solana Beach. (858) 720-1121. The gallery is open Wed - Sat, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. In addition to its regular hours the gallery is open from 6-8:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month, during the monthly Cedros Gallery Night artwalk, which this month is April 20th.
The current exhibit begins Thursday, May 18th with an artists' reception during the Cedros Gallery Night artwalk. Featured is "City and Shore", a dual exhibit of work by Tom O. Scott and Peter Gorwin, which can be seen until June 11th. Their bodies of work are described below and more details and portfolios of each artist's work can be seen on the web-site.
Peter Gorwin captures a diverse portfolio of images from various North American cities. The photographs range from black & whites taken in the mid 1990's, to more recent color, collage, and pinhole images. Gorwin says of this series: "I aimed to express a fresh vision of water cities. Each city has its own personality, its own life force. To best reflect the excitement of these places, I have used a variety of photographic approaches."
For the first time, Tom O Scott has created an edition of large prints of his award-winning "Sand Vision" portfolio. Scott says of this series: "I have been working on this series for four years now. These are mandalas created by the receding tides, and I have found only two places in San Diego that yield these remarkable patterns. The beach has rewarded me with a portfolio of images which are unique and cannot ever be photographed again."

9. CALUMET SAN DIEGO, THE PHOTOGRAPHER'S GALLERY. Escondido Gateway Center. 830 W. Valley Parkway, Suite 330. (corner of Tulip) Escondido. (760) 737-6002. For exhibit info ask for Erin Allin or Christy. On view until May 20th is "Color Vision", an exhibit of work by students faculty from Palomar College.
The following exhibit is "The Best of the PPSDC" (that's the Professional Photographers of San Diego County for those of us who live further north or who are acronymically impaired). It begins Saturday, May 27th with a reception from 3-5 p.m. The exhibit ends July 8th.
Exhibits for the rest of the summer include another showing of work by Michael Seewald from July 20th to August 15th (reception on Saturday, July 22nd) and the annual Selections from the San Diego County Fair show, which will be displayed from August 24th to October 5th (reception on Saturday, August 26th).
The gallery and store hours are M-Fri 9:30-6:30 and Sat 9-5:30, closed Sunday. Also check the web-site for classes and demonstrations offer by Calumet.

10. DISTINCTION ARTIST STUDIOS & GALLERY. 317 E. Grand Ave. Escondido. (760) 781-5779. In downtown Escondido, Distinction is part of the Grand Ave. art community. It's located in a newly renovated 7000 square foot building that houses 14 working artist's studios (including four photographers) and an 800 square foot gallery that shows all media including photography. The gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The gallery and studios are also open and have their artists' receptions during the Grand Ave. Artwalk, held from 5-8 p.m. on the 2nd Saturday of the month. The next artwalk and reception is Saturday, June 10th.
The current exhibit features the paintings and mixed media work of Blaine Fontana. The exhibit, entitled "The Butterfly Knife Sonatas," can be seen through June 3rd. You can see his unique work at the gallery web-site.
The subsequent exhibit will feature paintings by three artists, Hugo Salinas, Christopher Blaikie, and Victoria Estacio Huckins, which can be seen from June 7th until August 5th. The reception for the artists is from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, June 10th
Be sure to check out Distinction's revamped web-site, which provides numerous images of the work by artists in the exhibits as well as links to the web-sites of many of the studio artists.

11. CENTER GALLERY. 31681 Camino Capistrano, # 107 (north end of the train depot). San Juan Capistrano. (949) 489-7913. In addition to exhibiting a changing variety of work of artists represented by the gallery, they offer various classes, workshops and field trips including hands-on Adobe Photoshop classes in the gallery's makeshift computer lab.

12. EMANUEL DALE PHOTOGRAPHIC ART. 1276-F So. Coast Highway. Laguna Beach. (949) 573-0704. Until July 13th Manny is showing a body of work entitled "Homage to Hopper". The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Receptions are on the first Thursday of the month from 6-9 p.m. during the Laguna Beach 1st Thursday Artwalk, which will next occur on Thursday, June 1st.

On view until June 15th is "I Came, I Saw, I Focused", an exhibit by Orange Coast College student Isidore C. Myers. The exhibit is presented by the School of Photography at OCC.

14. IRVINE FINE ARTS CENTER. Heritage Park. 14321 Yale Ave. Irvine. (949) 724-6880.
Through May 27th is “Pure”, exhibition of drawing, painting, and photography by students drawn from Irvine's four high schools. Also, “Art off the Wall”, imagination celebration, a youth art exhibition of 3-D mixed media art. The center's 12th annual Studio Arts Festival featuring over 100 artists will be held Saturday, June 3rd from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

15. PASCAL EPICERIE. 1000 Bristol St. North. Newport Beach. (949) 261-9041.
Now on display indefinitely is a new body of work by Exchange member Deborah Nelson. She has expanded her horizons beyond Paris and is exhibiting new images of Provence, including St Paul-de-Vence, Mougins, and Avignon.

16. ORANGE COAST COLLEGE. 2701 Fairview Rd. at Merrimac Way. Costa Mesa. (714) 432-0202; 432-5626.
There are two places in which photography can be seen, in the new Arts Center Building and in the old Fine Arts Building in the photo lab. Use the meters in Lot D by entering the campus from Merrimac Way and bring a quarter.

Now on view until May 20th on the 2nd floor of the Arts Center Building is "In Retrospect", an exhibit of the photographic work of longtime OCC photography instructor Ken Slosberg. The exhibit covers a variety of styles and subjects from the past 35 years including black and white, color, and SX-70 Polaroids. My favorites are probably the series of black and white night images that have an eerie and dreamlike quality to them. It's been a long time since I've seen any of his work, but what struck me now as it did almost 10 years ago is his intentional and subtle use of blur. While blur was something that I assiduously sought to avoid, I noticed that in Ken's color images in which it was used that it had an aesthetically pleasing effect that enhanced the character and composition of the image. This was something that had never occurred to me before.

Upstairs in the Visual and Performing Arts Division Office is work by Blade Gillissen entitled "A Few More Photos of Rabbit Island". They are color images taken at Rabbit Island, an isle bequeathed to the College, located in an archipelago 50 miles north of Vancouver, B.C. between Vancouver Island and the mainland. On display until June 1st.

In the Fine Arts photo lab gallery are student exhibits that change every three weeks. As of mid-May, "Neo Burlesque", a series of color images by Deidre Schoo were featured.

17. ANAHEIM MUSEUM. 241 S. Anaheim Blvd. Anaheim. (714) 778-3301. The 17th Annual Cypress College Juried Student Photography Exhibition can be seen until June 3rd. If you've ever seen work by students from the Cypress Photography program you know that you can always expect this exhibit to have a considerable amount of creative and innovative work in its subject matter, its execution, and its presentation.

18. CYPRESS COLLEGE. 9200 Valley View St. Cypress. (714) 484-7443 or 484-7244.
Fine Arts Gallery. 1st floor of the Fine Arts Building. Orange County High School Invitational Juried Student Photography Exhibition. Please note that the Tech Ed. Building in which the Photography Dept. is located will be closed for renovation so the student show is in the Fine Arts Gallery. Until May 30th the exhibit can be seen Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

19. THE OFFICE: An Art Space. 5122 Bolsa Ave., Suite 110 (714) 767-5861. Open Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m.
Photography returns to The Office in the form of a Polaroid show on Saturday, May 20th from 6-8 p.m. with a reception for the two artists, Naida Osline and Jenna Gallemore. Their work can be seen until June 23rd.
Long departed O.C. photographer, raconteur and all around character Al Belson is quoted as having said that if you think that you've created a photograph that no one's ever seen before you just haven't looked at enough photography. Naida Osline may be an exception to Al's maxim. I've seen several of her exhibits in the past half decade and her bodies of work are unlike anything I've seen. Her images usually depict some fanciful permutation of the human body in a manner that I can't help but look at in awe, at its grotesque or freakish beauty, but at the same time they make my skin crawl. The images on the web-site from her newest series seem to be somewhat less disturbing but no less fascinatingly bizarre. Her work and that of Jenna is further described in the press release as follows.
"Since 1999, Naida Osline has been photographing people in public places: on the street, at events, in conventions, workplaces and shopping malls. The subjects are individuals who assume the identity of pop culture icons, historical figures, fictional characters and animals. The images also include pictures of people with applications of medical devices, clothing or other miscellaneous details that create the impression of a costume, an exaggeration or a layering of identity.
Through this work, Osline is partly acting as an anthropologist, searching for and cataloging the unusual or excessive. The series is named after the camera, Captiva, to reflect the hunting or capturing of images. Taken together, they form a collection of sorts. The images are organized and classified as specimens and placed in general categories based on criteria such as formal qualities, assumed identity or like-minded transformations. The Captiva Collection work is a body of work that is a precursor to the work with which Osline is most identified-- photo-based work that deals with the body as a site of transformation. Osline shows at Acuna-Hansen Gallery in Los Angeles, where she has had two solo exhibitions. She has also been included in several group exhibitions in the U.S. and Canada since 1999.
The Office is also pleased to present to our audience Long Beach based artist Jenna Gallemore in our project room. Jenna’s intimate and gritty polaroids survey and capture the darker edge of youth culture. Her subjects are drawn from the music, street and drug subcultures where anything goes. This will be Jenna’s first show in the local area."

20. HOMELAND CULTURAL CENTER. 1321 E. Anaheim. Long Beach. (562) 570-1655
"Mighty Praise: Photo Essay by Russ Roca", an exhibition of Krump Dance photographs by Long Beach artist and photojournalist, Russ Roca can be seen until the end of May. If you're not familiar with the athletic and hyperkinetic urban dance form called krumping or clowning you should rent the DVD of David Lachappelle's documentary from last year called "Rize". Russ says about his project, "I've been photographing some dancers at Homeland Cultural Center for the last few months, following their practices at Homeland Cultural Center to Battle Zone at the Great Western Forum (the super bowl of krumping). It's a real interesting look at a subculture that is really hitting the mainstream (heck, they had Krumpers on America's Next Top Model)." Russ' photos document Homeland's Millennium Krump Time dance group's journey through 9 months of krump "battles" defending their championship as the world's Krump champs until their bitter defeat at the Great Western Forum at Tommy the Clown's Battle Zone.
Russ' work can be seen at and at

21. GALLERY 478 / CAROFANO STUDIOS. 478 W. 7th St. San Pedro (310) 732-2150. The place for photographers and art lovers in general to hang out in San Pedro on the first Thursday of the month is the studio of Ray and Arnee Carofano.
The next reception, in conjunction with Pedro's 1st Thursday Art Walk, is from 6-9 p.m. on June 1st. The featured artist is L.A. photographer Michael Cannon. His work can be seen during the gallery's regular hours until June 30th, but the best opportunity to see it is during the 1st Thursday Artwalk when you can also meet the artist. The exhibit is titled "Lakeside Sketches: The Sound of Light", a series of toned black and white photographs of Lake Huron, Canada where Michael was born and raised. The work was featured in Camera Arts about a year and a half ago and a small sampling of it can be seen at The press release further describes the exhibit as follows. "Shot in Southampton, Ontario, Canada, a small resort town on Lake Huron, Cannon’s photographs reveal an emotional terrain as well as the topography of the lake shore. Evanescent images of beachgoers at their leisure are rendered with an atmospheric tenderness that is often mystical or dreamlike, bordering on the surreal. Michael Cannon has exhibited in his Canadian homeland. This is his second solo exhibition in Southern California."

22. DUNCAN MILLER GALLERY. 10959 Venice Blvd. Los Angeles. (310) 838-2440. Now on view until May 20th is "The World, His Lens", an exhibit of the black and white documentary work of 83 year French photographer Marc Riboud. He was a member of Magnum and a contemporary of Cartier-Bresson and Capa. Riboud traveled the world and is best known for his images of the Far East, especially of China and Vietnam.
Beginning June 1st is "Rock Icons" a group show of 1960s rock and roll photographs by George Rose, Ethan Russell, and Baron Wolman. They can be seen until July 30th.

23. SHERRY FRUMKIN GALLERY. 3026 Airport Ave., Studio 21, Santa Monica. (310) 397-7493. Now on view until June 10th is "Kulture/Culture", an exhibit of digitally scanned piezo pigment prints of hot rod culture taken with a pinhole camera by Jack Butler.

24. 18th STREET ARTS CENTER. 1639 18th Street. Santa Monica. (310) 453-3711. Among other exhibits is “Imaging L.A.: International Photographers and the Great Western Metropolis”, photo essays on, in and from Los Angeles by Mare Milin (Croatia), Olivier Culmann (France), Heidi Wood (Australia), Eva Castringius (Germany), and John Mullin (USA). It can be seen until June 9th.

2525 Michigan Ave. Santa Monica

25. PETER FETTERMAN GALLERY. Bergamot Station. A-7 (310) 453-6463. Now on view until June 30th is "Vintage New York", an exhibit of images by Fred Zinneman and Berenice Abbott

26. CRAIG KRULL GALLERY. Bergamot Station. B-3. (310) 828-6410. From the web-site press release:
Until May 27th, the gallery will present a small exhibition of vintage photographs by John Swope on the subject of trees. "A noted TIME photographer, Swope created an important photo essay in 1939 entitled Camera Over Hollywood that remains as one of the rare early behind-the-scenes books on Hollywood. His illustrious career also included work with John Steinbeck on the book Bombs Away, as well as being the photographer on board the first American ship to land in Tokyo Bay at the end of World War II. In fact, the UCLA Hammer Museum is currently presenting an exhibition on Swope’s wartime photography entitled, “A Letter from Japan” through June 3rd. The exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery on the idyllic subject of trees (a lifelong passion of the artist) is intended as a counterpoint to the images of war at the Hammer."
Beginning Saturday June 3rd with a reception from 4-6 p.m. is a retrospective exhibit of the architectural photography of Marvin Rand from the past 20 to 30 years. Ends July 1st.

27. ROSE GALLERY. Bergamot Station. G-5. (310) 264-8440. Now showing until May 31st is "The New Life" by Lise Sarfati. The press release follows.
At first encounter, the subjects in Lise Sarfati's The New Life appear as mere simulacra; empty facsimilies of real young Americans, not possibly true flesh and blood. Each person, devoid of motion and spirit, is a shallow imitation of what could be a teenaged or twenty-something individual, only recognizable by their dress and surroundings as such. Are they real, but simply bored to death? Or are they victims of immobilizing uncertainty? Each seems lost in a daydream with no one to wake them, gazing timelessly past the material world, and into an almost tangible void. A closer look, however, unveils the central, pervading question on the minds of Sarfati's subjects in the New Life series; where do I go from here? The doubt, withdrawal, and sometimes the quiet determination this query rouses, is remarkably palpable in every picture Lise Sarfati takes; in the space between two drags of a cigarette, in the moments spent staring out a window, and in the time spent waking, uncertain of what getting out of bed will really mean. For Lise Sarfati, a native of France, the new life is the same wherever she happens to be taking photographs. It is that which her young subjects are questioning, and it is where their search will take them as they transform beyond their current adolescent reality. The new life, simply put, and beautifully rendered by Sarfati in a series of American-based images, is the so-called void into which each person she photographs stares, and the uncertainty of their very next move.
Beginning Saturday, June 10th with a reception for the artist from 6-8 p.m. is "Boulevard", a visual compilation of documentation sites in Los Angeles from the 1970s by Adam Bartos. The work is found in his recent monograph of the same title, published by Steidl. While the work in the book is a visual comparison of Paris and L.A., only the L.A. images are being shown in this exhibit as large-scale color prints.

28. GALLERY LUISOTTI / RAM PUBLICATIONS Bergamot Station. A-2. (310) 453-0043. Showing until July 8th is "Recent Work" an exhibit of never previously exhibited photographs by Mark Ruwedel documenting shelters in the desert of Southern California. "From informal homes to immigrant camps, the exhibit presents an engaging portrait of domesticity's barest essentials." The press release goes on to describe the exhibit as follows:
Gallery Luisotti is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, featuring recent photographs by Mark Ruwedel. Consisting of a suite of recent works never previously exhibited, Mark Ruwedel’s new exhibition documents shelters throughout the desert of Southern California. Recording abandoned, temporary dwellings, provisional and mobile housing, as well as the makeshift refuges of illegal border crossers, Ruwedel’s photographs capture the incongruous nature of desert dwellings. Mark Ruwedel’s photographs have always documented the markings of humanity in the western landscape. Ruwedel has photographed disused 19th century railway paths, atomic testing sites, and ancient ceremonial areas. Ruwedel’s work is like an archeological dig, dividing and exposing the layers of history strewn throughout the vast western United States. The photographs themselves are typically presented on mounts, each inscribed with the place name of that which is depicted. This method references 19th century American topographic photography, adding an additional critical layer to the history Ruwedel’s photographs expose. In this stunning new body of work, Ruwedel’s camera focuses on the immediate, contemporary history of the desert Southwest. These photographs capture ramshackle structures throughout the California desert. In an area with loose building codes, small shelters can be built under the most crude means. In similar territory, more aspiring homes crop up as well. Ruwedel finds many provisional structures across these exurban lands. Some are ad-hoc abodes on wheels (but not quite mobile homes), while others are informal structures built of immediately available scrap materials, from mattresses to sheet metal. Yet the most stark portrait of shelter is found in those images of campsites created by those illegally crossing the Mexican-US border. These unassuming plots, between rocks or beneath a shaded grove, hold deflated tires, bottles of water, and occasionally an abandoned passport.
In total Mark Ruwedel’s images of desert shelters engage with the definition of shelter itself. At the edge of the inhabitable, the concept of home, and the architecture of that concept, is both challenged and epitomized. Ruwedel’s recent work continues his career long fascination with the tracings of life in the emptiness of landscape, and instructing us on how that emptiness is actually a place of stratified history.

29. PATRICIA FAURE GALLERY. Bergamot Station. B-7. (310) 449-1479. Through May 27th is "Dogs Chasing My Car in the Desert" by John Divola. Beginning July 22nd will be a group photography show.

30. RUTH BACHOFNER GALLERY. Bergamot Station. G-2. (310) 829-3300. Beginning Saturday, May 27th with an artists' reception from 4-6 p.m. are two exhibits, new paintings by Aaron Petersen and new photo-based work by Catherine Gfeller consisting of urban-themed collaged photographs. They can be seen until July 8th.

31. PATRICIA CORREIA GALLERY. Bergamot Station. E-2. (310) 264-1760. Among other exhibits being shown until June 17th is "Women Boxers: The New Warriors", black and white images by Delilah Montoya.

32. TRACK 16 GALLERY. Bergamot Station. C-1. (310) 264-4678.
From May 23-27 is an exhibit by Dorit Thies, "AfricAlive--Portraits of Success", thirty-five life-size portraits of men, women and children thriving on HIV medicines from AIDS Healthcare Foundation's free treatment clinics in South Africa and Uganda, celebrating the triumph of life over death. For more information, please visit: or

33. SULKIN/SECANT GALLERY. Bergamot Station. T-6. (310) 453-1538. Beginning June 3rd with an artists' reception from 5-9 p.m. is a two person exhibit of photography entitled “Beneath”. It features black and white images by Wayne Hanson of street people in the Mission District of San Francisco mugging for the camera, and mostly black and white underwater photography of oceanic animal and plant life by Bruna Stude. Both can be seen until August 3rd. Images can be seen at

34. THE GETTY CENTER. 1200 Getty Center Drive. Brentwood. (310) 440-7300.
Current exhibits described in part with excerpts from the web-site include:

Through May 28th. "Robert Adams: Landscapes of Harmony and Dissonance".
For more than 40 years, Robert Adams (born 1937) has photographed the landscape of the American West, particularly in California, Oregon, and his home state of Colorado. His work is inspired both by his joy in the inherent beauty of the landscape, and his dismay at its exploitation and degradation for residential and commercial development. In his images of main streets, tract houses, trees, and waterways, Adams records two kinds of landscapes, one damaged by people and the other somehow beyond their power to harm. He asks us, through his photographs, to consider where we live and how we relate to our environment.

Through June 25th: "Agitated Images: John Heartfield and German Photomontage, 1920-1938".
Heartfield's photo-montages have always had a powerful effect on me as they are incisively clever condemnations of Hitler's rise to power and are compelling examples of art as propaganda in service of a greater good. Curator: Andres Zervigon, Rutgers University. Drawing exclusively from the special collections of the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute, this exhibition concentrates on the diverse output of art history's most significant photomontage artist, the German originally named Helmut Herzfeld. Focusing on his success at creating a politically engaged visual rhetoric, the exhibition includes examples of German and American periodicals in which John Heartfield published his work, and shows how he transformed a procedure that once lay in the domain of advertising and avant-garde art into a broadly significant mode of mass communication. This exhibition concentrates on the interwar world of publishing in which Heartfield's images appeared, illustrated through examples of original press photographs from the Research Library's Stefan Lorant collection and correspondence such as that between Heartfield's widow and the renowned typographer Jan Tschichold.

From June 13th through September 17th: "Eliot Porter: In the Realm of Nature".
Eliot Porter (American, 1901–1990) is known for his detailed and exquisite photographs of birds and landscapes. Porter promoted the use of color materials at a time when most serious photographers worked in black-and-white. An artist of uncommon perception, his artistic and technical contributions to bird and landscape photography transformed these genres. This exhibition includes a selection of Porter's early black-and-white landscape photographs, later color landscapes, and bird photographs made over the course of his career.

35. SKIRBALL CULTURAL CENTER. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. L.A. (310) 440-4500.

Currently featured until September 3rd is “The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography”, "presenting newly commissioned photography, video and multimedia projects that explore the diversity of contemporary American society through the lens of the Jewish identity. In an era when the dynamic of multiculturalism is transforming American life, a single image of American Jewry still dominates—white, middle-class, of European origins. The Jewish Identity Project: New American Photography exposes that myth, presenting works by thirteen emerging and mid-career artists that challenge familiar stereotypes in ten newly-commissioned photographic, video and multimedia projects. The exhibition, organized by The Jewish Museum in New York."

Also on view until September 3rd for free in the Ruby and Hurd Galleries is "L.A. RIVER REBORN"
"This timely exhibition features photographs of the Los Angeles River by internationally renowned contemporary artists Lane Barden, Anthony Hernandez, Helen and Newton Harrison, John Humble, Dana Plays, and Gary Schwartz. This highly-focused selection of twenty-six works captures the unexpected beauty of the River and documents the fragile relationship between society and the environment. The evocative images—in large-format color photographs and video—portray the detritus of civilization, the monumental architecture of the River's flood control channel, and the persistent rebirth of nature in defiance of human abuse."

Finally, beginning Wednesday, May 24th "the Skirball Cultural Center will present Rwanda/After, Darfur/ Now: Photographs by Michal Ronnen Safdie, featuring nearly forty color and black-and-white photographs from the Central African countries of Rwanda and Chad. In October of 2002, Ronnen Safdie traveled to post-genocide Rwanda with Samantha Power, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Problem from Hell”: America and the Age of Genocide, to witness and document the pilot phase of a traditional, citizen-based tribunal process known as the Gacaca (pronounced ga-CHA-cha). In September of 2004, she traveled to the Bahai refugee camp, a desolate site on the Chadian border of Sudan, where she documented the hardships of refugees who have fled the ongoing genocide in Darfur." Rwanda/After, Darfur/Now: Photographs by Michal Ronnen Safdie will be on view through October 1.

36. UCLA/FOWLER MUSEUM OF CULTURAL HISTORY. Sunset Blvd. and Westwood Plaza. Westwood. Located on the campus just west of Royce Hall. (310) 825-4361.
The museum is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, noon to 8 p.m. Free admission.
Being shown through Sunday, June 4th is “Dance in Cuba”, an exhibit of black and white photographs by Gil Garcetti, whose apparently found something to photograph besides the Frank Gehry designed Disney Hall. The web-site describes the Cuban dance exhibit as follows.
"Noted urban photographer and former prosecutor and Los Angeles District Attorney Gil Garcetti captures the essence of dance in Cuba in this selection of fifty-nine images, most from his new book Dance in Cuba. Garcetti's rich black-and-white photographs reveal that dance is uniquely embedded in the culture and spirit of Cuba, where Afro-Cuban dance, classical ballet, contemporary dance, flamenco, and street performance co-exist to include everyone. Garcetti had unprecedented access to professional dance studios by collaborating with Alicia Alonso (director), Miguel Cabrera (official historian), and prima ballerina Viengsay Valdes of the famed Ballet Nacional de Cuba as well as with Miguel Ferrer, director of Danza Contemporánea de Cuba, and others. He has masterfully used his camera to freeze dramatic moments and chronicle this enigmatic country with its flourishing dance traditions."

37. UCLA HAMMER MUSEUM. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. (310) 443-7000. The museum is open Tues-Sat 11-7, Thurs 11-9, Sun 11-5.

Being shown until June 4th is "A Letter from Japan: The Photographs of John Swope", which the web-site describes as, "the first in-depth presentation of vintage prints from the late Los Angeles photographer’s 1945 journey through post-war Japan. Shot during a three-and-a-half-week period, Swope’s photographs vividly document the impact of World War II on the local population of Japan as well as on the Allied soldiers and prisoners of war. The exhibition presents over 115 vintage prints, which also include selected highlights from his career as a renowned Hollywood photographer from the 1930s through 1970s."

Beginning September 17th is the first major U.S. retrospective of the work of German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans and a video installation by Dutch artist Aernout Mik.

38. GAGOSIAN GALLERY. 456 N. Camden Dr. Beverly Hills. (310) 271-9400.
Beginning with an opening reception on Thursday, May 25th from 6-8 p.m. is "Apples and Cigarettes", an exhibit of work by New York based photographer Roe Etheridge. Ends July 1st.

39. MB FINE ART. 612 N. Almont Dr. West Hollywood. (310) 550-0500.
Ending May 24th. is "A Butterfly Fluttered By: Photographs of the West", an exhibition of color photographs by photographer Lisa Eisner. "For her latest body of work, Eisner traveled the West—from California to Wyoming—exploring the spirit of a land that has captivated the imaginations of people since our country’s inception. Her sensual renderings of America’s settled frontier effectively captures the sense of spirituality in a region saturated with color, history and folklore, presenting an alluring portrait of the West. As a Wyoming native, Eisner has been documenting the world of the West since the early Nineties. Her fascination and interest in the subcultures, ceremonies and rituals of the West has contributed to two previous bodies of work: Shriners and Rodeo Girl, both of which were published by Greybull Press. This is Eisner’s third manifestation in her continued documentation of the subject."
Beginning with an artist's reception on Friday, June 2nd from 6-8 p.m. is an exhibit entitled "Guitar Eros" by outré and too hip French video director and fashion photographer Jean-Baptiste Mondino. Ends July 15th.

40. WHITE ROOM GALLERY. 10215 Santa Monica Blvd. L.A. (310) 859-2402. The gallery has moved from it Melrose Ave. location to Century City; however, the gallery is currently open by appointment and will not be open to the public for six months or so. Keep checking the web-site for updates.

41. SCALO / GUYE GALLERY. 302 N. Robertson Blvd. West Hollywood. (310) 358-9396. This is a new gallery that is a collaboration between Zurich, Switzerland-based SCALO Publishers Ltd. and Christophe Guye. Their intent is to exhibit work by established and emerging photographers that are affiliated with SCALO. The inaugural exhibit features work by well-known Swiss photographer Annelies Štrba. In the body of work shown she explores themes of interpersonal relations using the family photograph as a motif. According to the web-site, " her first exhibition on the West Coast–is intended to present a cross-section of the oeuvre of this exceptional creative personality from 2003 through 2005. The works are not limited to the conventional medium of photography, but rather are adapted to the medium of inkjet on canvas, adopting painterly techniques via digital technology." The exhibit ends May 27th.
From June 3rd to July 29th the gallery will exhibit a group show entitled “Some Tribes” featuring work by artists with monographs published by Scalo, including David Armstrong, Olaf Breuning, Elinor Carucci, Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, Seydou Keïta, J.D. ‘Okhai Ojekere, and Malick Sidibé.

42. FARMANI GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY. 844 S. Robertson Blvd. West Hollywood. (310) 659-0122. Showing until May 25th is an exhibit entitled "Americana" by David Waldorf. Also showing is "Trailer Park", work by Natasha Calzatti.
Opening with a reception from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, June 3rd is “Circus Life" by Wayne Schoenfeld. Ends June 29th.

43. MARK SELWYN FINE ART. 6222 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 101, Los Angeles. (323) 933-9911. Until May 27th the exhibit "Mapplethorpe - Warhol, Celebrity Portraits" can be seen. The press release states that, "There are striking similarities in the ways Warhol and Mapplethorpe approached the photographic image and the exhibit is an opportunity to explore the two artists' parallel approaches through a genre which was central to the work of both - portrait photography."

44. PAUL KOPEIKIN GALLERY. 6150 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles. (323) 937-0765. The gallery's web-site has been redesigned and is vastly improved. It has much more information and has numerous thumbnails showing the work of the artists represented by the gallery. Exhibited until July 8th is "End Times" by Jill Greenberg. The exhibit is described on the web-site as follows:
"The Paul Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles is proud to present “End Times”, a politically charged photography exhibition by internationally acclaimed contemporary photographer Jill Greenberg. The large-scale portraits in this very personal show, which captures the emotional distress of crying babies, conveys Greenberg’s deepest fear for her own young children and of future generations. Titles of the photos include, "Left Behind", "The Rapture Index", "Grand Old Party", "Shock and Awe", "Armageddon", "Trillions", "Mercury" and more. She states, “I love the raw emotion of children, because it comes close to the anger and helplessness I feel about our current political and social situation.”
The exhibition combines beautiful, poignant imagery, impeccably executed, with both political and personal relevance. Greenberg’s subject is almost a taboo image - children in pain - but she utilizes this uncomfortable image as a way to break through to the pop mainstream and participate in a growing national dialogue. As a new artist, Greenberg’s work is powerful, crossing over from an established commercial profession to a promising fine art career. Greenberg states, “I manipulate my subjects to evoke an emotion to illustrate my personal beliefs."
Most of the toddlers in the “End Times” portraits are under three years old. "I had to learn the hard way that they had to be no older than three because beyond that they just don't cry so easily," Greenberg explains. "At that age, one needs to merely give them a lollipop and then take it away, et voila - pain and agony." The shoot took place over the past year in Greenberg's Los Angeles studio, during five separate shoots.

45. LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART. 5905 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles. (323) 857-6000. Just opened is a small exhibit of photographic works from the permanent collection intended as a tribute to the late Robert A. Sobieszek, curator of photography for 15 years. Entitled "A Curator’s Eye: The Visual Legacy of Robert A. Sobieszek", the exhibit can be seen until August 20th. From the press release:
"Robert A. Sobieszek, who passed away last year, shepherded the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s (LACMA’s) permanent collection of photographs with the highly refined visual understanding of a historian, the intellectual rigor and sophistication of an academic, the critical eye and sensitivity of a connoisseur, and the exuberance and passion of a man totally enthralled by photographers, photographs, and visual culture. A Curator’s Eye: the Visual Legacy of Robert A. Sobieszek will feature approximately thirty pivotal works from the permanent collection acquired during Sobieszek’s fifteen year tenure that have substantially shaped the direction and strengths of the Department of Photographs. The exhibition, which includes works created by artists such as Toshio Shibata, Thomas Struth, and William Klein, will celebrate the collection as well as the visual sensibility that has defined it. Featuring works of important historical significance, works by acknowledged masters of the medium, as well as those by contemporary artists, the exhibition will give a sense of the character of the collection, a character that is as elegantly complex as the curator under whose guidance it was shaped. Additionally, a Powerpoint presentation highlighting additional components in the photography permanent collection will be on display."
Coming October 12th is "A Selection from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection of Photographic Self-Portraits."

46. ACE GALLERY. 5514 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles. (323) 935-4411.
On view until July 1st is a forty-five year survey of photographs, paintings, large-scale billboards, film clips, found objects from commercial contexts, and sculptural work from 1960 to the present by Dennis Hopper.

47. FAHEY / KLEIN GALLERY. 148 N. La Brea Ave. Los Angeles. (323) 934-2250. Now showing until May 20th is "Past and Present" by Duane Michals. The content of the exhibit is described in the press release. "The exhibition features Michals’ earlier silver gelatin photographs as well as his more recent venture into color photography. The show highlights two series from Michals’ latest body of work: “The Adventures of Constantine Cavafy” and “Ukiyo-e: Pictures from the Floating World.” Comprised of Michals’ widely recognized sequential narratives in 5x7 inch silver gelatin photographs, the “Cavafy” series depicts fictitious scenes from the life of Greek poet, Constantine Cavafy. This thematic exploration evokes desire, friendship, and faith through visual tales and narratives that simultaneously affirm and contend with these intrinsic human needs. The “Ukiyo-e” series are 11x14 single images made as chromogenic color photographs, a first in Michals’ career. These photographs, accompanied by hand-written prose and poetry, are influenced by traditional Japanese aesthetics and metaphysics as they capture each experience and moment as paralleled only in the most sublime Japanese haiku."
Beginning with a reception from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 25th is an exhibit of silver gelatin prints by South Affrican photographer Roger Ballen. Entitled “Shadow Chamber”, it features selected photographs from his latest book by the same title, the subject of which is the marginalized inhabitants of South African rural villages. Ends July 8th.

48. APEX FINE ART. 152 N. La Brea Ave. Los Angeles (323) 634-7887.
On view until May 20th is "In Character: Actors Acting", the latest project by Howard Schatz. Best known for some of the most sumptuous and exquisitely beautiful photographs seen in a gallery in the past decade he has now turned to directing. In this body of work, also the subject of his latest monograph, he takes portraits of actors acting various scenarios that he creates for his subjects.
Beginning Friday, May 26th with a reception from 7-9 p.m. is "Summer", a group show of work by a variety of Life Magazine photographers about summertime.

49. COUTURIER GALLERY. 166 N. La Brea Ave. Los Angeles. (323) 933-5557. Being shown until June 10th is "Cross Culture", a group show of new work by gallery artists. Opening Friday, June 16th with a reception from 7-9 p.m. is “Orantes (Prayers)”, new ceramic works by the celebrated Mexican artist Jorge Marín.

50. PHOTOGRAPHERS' 145 N. La Brea Ave., # A. Los Angeles. (323) 938-8000. The gallery seems to be catering to the collector of moderate means with prices on the low end of the spectrum starting at $250. They have work by some contemporary photographers such as Brian Kosoff, and black and white estate prints by Ernst Haas, but they also have a lot of reasonably priced vintage images that they offer as representatives for both Getty Images and The New York Times Photography Collection Archive. They have an extensive selection of images on the web-site from which they sell work as well as at the gallery. Currently they are featuring "The Shape of Light", an exhibit of the black and white minimalist landscapes of Michael Levin.
The gallery openings are usually glitzy events. The next opening night party is Saturday, May 20th from 7-11 p.m. They are offering free valet parking directly outside the gallery.
If you visit the gallery any other time and have trouble finding parking on La Brea, the building in which the gallery is located has a free parking structure above the galleries. It can be accessed from the alley behind the building. The alley is one way going north, so enter from 1st Street.

51. STEPHEN COHEN GALLERY. 7358 Beverly Blvd. Los Angeles. (323) 937-5525., Featured in the main gallery until July 1st is “Anatomy of la Mentira: Red Noses” by printmaker Victor Cartagena. It is a mixed media collection of work that examines "the culture of lies." From the web-site:
"In “Anatomy of La Mentira: Red Noses” the internationally known, Salvadoran-born artist continues to explore current social and political trends. Cartagena’s past work has tackled issues such as the immigrant experience, consumer culture, homelessness, and material waste while dealing head-on with themes of exile, identity, perception, and the use of power. In a time when lies are thrown carelessly about causing human suffering and complicity, “Anatomy of La Mentira: Red Noses,” is a direct response to the effects of lying no matter how large or small the infraction. Cartagena sketches profiles of men’s faces, simple in their detail, but powerful in their stoicism. Conical red noses placed over the characters’ real noses expose the emboldened, straight faces for their lies. These images, varied in their sense of grandeur, yet united by their red noses, define the commonality of lying – each of us lies regardless of stature or position. Cartagena’s subjects, determined to protect their lies, appear oblivious to their scarlet brands asking the audience to question the nature, intention, and consequences of lying."

52. MICHAEL DAWSON GALLERY/DAWSON’S BOOK SHOP. 535 N. Larchmont Blvd. L.A. (323) 469-2186. On view until June 17th is “Burk Uzzle: American Photographs 1995-2005". The exhibit features photographs of the southern and western regions of the U.S. and is described in the web-site as follows.
Small towns and ordinary places interest me most. They are what I am and where I feel the investment of the unspoken. Driving on small roads reminds me of growing up in the South, where I imagine I see the music of the ghosts. In the moment, in the place where the ordinary reveals itself to be epic, is my favorite time to be alive, to have my camera, and to see. Burk Uzzle Michael Dawson Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs by Burk Uzzle taken over the last decade in the southern and western regions of the United States. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with a new book of Uzzle’s photographs, A Family Named Spot, from the New York publisher fiveTies. One of America’s most highly regarded photographers, Burk Uzzle has claimed a territory all his own as a chronicler of the quirky and strangely beautiful in the vast American landscape. Uzzle’s extraordinary black-and-white photographs were taken during the photographer’s many trips across the United States in the last decade. As author and curator Martha Chahroudi has written, “Like Twain, Uzzle observes the conventional life, life on shore, so to speak, with witty irreverence and a particularly Southern sense of the preposterous, steadied by common sense and, always, empathy.”
Uzzle began his career at 17 as a staff photographer for the News and Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. At the age of 23 he became a contract photographer for Life magazine, and five years later he joined the legendary agency Magnum Photos; during his fifteen years as a Magnum member, he served two terms as president. Since then, as an independent photographer based in Florida, he has spent many months each year extensively traveling the United States.

Dawson's is one of the oldest antiquarian bookshops in L.A. One of their specialties is photography monographs. More information about both the bookstore and the gallery can be found at

53. FREESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHIC SUPPLIES. 5124 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles. (800) 292-6137 or (323) 660-3460 The Creative Center for Photography at Freestyle is presenting "Frozen Music", an exhibit of black and white, silver-gelatin prints by Gil Garcetti of Frank O. Gehry's architectural masterpiece, the Walt Disney Concert Hall. According to the web-site, "The works perfectly capture the dynamic interplay of the rigid steel, the workers, and the miraculous, fluid curves that resulted. Many of the images in this show appear in Garcetti's book by the same title, the widely praised Frozen Music. Mr. Garcetti has produced this book and three others since 2000, when he retired as the Los Angeles County District Attorney and devoted his full and abundant energies to photography." The work can be seen until June 15th.

54. THE PERFECT EXPOSURE GALLERY. 3513 W. 6th St. (in the Chapman Park Bldg.) L.A. (213)
The gallery, which operates in conjunction with a photo lab next door, primarily exhibits photojournalistic work and has close ties with many local and international news photographers including a couple of Pulitzer Prize winners (Jean-Marc Bouju and Nick Ut). Open Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Until May 20th the gallery is exhibiting "Santo Padre: The Life and Death of Pope John Paul II" featuring images by photographers Genaro Molina and Armando Arorizo. Check with the gallery about future exhibits.

55. A STUDIO GALLERY. 4260 Lankershim Blvd. Studio City. (818) 980-9100. The gallery exhibits black and white photography in association with Franks Custom Lab. Open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to noon.
The featured exhibit until June 2nd is “Along the Way” infra-red photography by Patrick Chisholm.
Beginning Sunday, June 4th with a reception from 6-8 p.m. is “Animism”, an exhibit of color images of temple carvings by Katina Desmond. Ends July 7th.

56. MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART. 250 South Grand Ave. Los Angeles. (213) 626-6222 Exhibited until July 10th "Lorna Simpson", a mid career survey from the last 20 years that features image and text pieces, photographs, and film installations that touch on gender, racism, identity, culture, history, and memory.

57. MUSEUM OF NEON ART. 501 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 101. Los Angeles. (213) 489-9918. Shown until June 30th in the Main Gallery is "As We Glow Forward: MONA Moves into the Future”, featuring neon and kinetic works by 29 artists. Also until June 30th in the Small Gallery is "Fire in the Night: The Neon Photographs of J. Howard Mott”. According to the web-site, he was "one of the first commercial photographers to specialize in architectural photography. By the 1930s Mott was the photographer for most of the biggest architects in Southern California, documenting both Class A office buildings and Art Deco stores along Hollywood Blvd. and in downtown L.A. He became the first photographer to work exclusively with architects." The gallery participates in the downtown L.A. Artwalk every 2nd Thursday of the month.

58. BAMBOO LANE GALLERY. 418 Bamboo Lane, Chinatown. Los Angeles. (213) 620-1188. Open Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6 p.m. Beginning Saturday, May 20th with a reception for the artists from 7-10 p.m. is a "The Floating World", an exhibit of photography by Sun Jiqiang, Danielle Shang and Juan Carlos Avendano. The exhibit "attempts to examine the powerful emotional and spiritual connection between the artists and their environments through the lens." The featured photographer is Sun Jiqiang, a renowned photographer from the People's Republic of China, and his Mt. Huashan sequence. The press release describes the artist and his relationship to Mt. Huashan, one of the five sacred mountains of China, and one of the artist's frequent subjects over his lifetime, in terms of the same emotional connection with nature that one associates with Ansel Adams and Yosemite.
The press release goes on to say, "Sun was born in 1954 in the city of Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province, in Southeast China. During his over thirty years in military service, Sun developed his initial interest in photography. After he left the military, Sun devoted himself to the landscape photography. The camera has become his vehicle to explore the world and his eyes to view the universe. To recognize his accomplishment, in May 2005, China's State Postal Bureau issued stamps from his "Mt. Huashan" series. The sequence was exhibited in the Chinese National Gallery of Art in April 2005. This was the very second solo photography exhibition ever given by the National Gallery. Such an honor is exceptionally rare in Chinese art history. Sun Jiqiang's American debut at Bamboo Lane Gallery explores nature's spiritual influence of Mt. Huashan on the photographer." The landscape work of all three artists can be seen until July 8th.

59. KRISTI ENGLE GALLERY. 453 S. Spring St, Suite 741 (Spring Arts Tower), Los Angeles (213) 629-2358. Gallery hours are Thurs.-Sat., 12-6 p.m. The gallery participates in the downtown L.A. Artwalk every 2nd Thursday of the month.
Until June 17th the gallery is showing "Shelter" by Bernard Yenelouis. The web-site press release is as follows.
"Based in New York, photographer Bernard Yenelouis has frequently visited Los Angeles, photographing its mid-century modern domestic architecture. The simplicity & spare design of these homes was a specific and conscious turning away from a former architectural language and a look towards the new & unknown. Yenelouis sees these homes as the “tabula rasa of quotidian reality.”
“Perry Mason,” a murder mystery show, which aired from 1957-1966, based several of its plots on the real estate development of Los Angeles in that time period. In one episode originally aired in 1964, an engineer working for a large construction company working on one of the many large housing development projects of the time, in an argument with his superior shouts, “We can't build for tomorrow and worry about yesterday!” This sentiment embodies the attitudes of real estate development projects at that time and in part the modernist aesthetic.
A rising American affluence was manifested in this mid-century modern architecture. The middle class nuclear family, owning their own free-standing single family home dominated the new Los Angeles landscape. This was intensified by the rise of a new mass media. Cinema, radio, magazines & ultimately television, as well as the car culture of Los Angeles allowed the city to spread out its population & residential areas over larger geographical areas. Technology and wealth turned Americans away from old understandings of community, inspiring a new desire for increased privacy & innovation - new ways of living, new ways of thinking.
Yenelouis uses this historical attitude to inform his art. His work is a kind of spirit photography. The photographs, out of focus, create the sensation that we are seeing and yet not. Buildings that are usually identifiable as Neutras, Schindlers or Lautners are rendered indistinctly - ghostly apparitions, remnants of this historical modernity. Yenelouis presents these photographs as receptacles for longing, loss & time. The subject is frozen in a single moment - one that can never be seen exactly that way again. The photograph inherently attempts to capture that memory and the emotions felt at a particular moment. Yenelouis's photographs are specters of what was, totems of mortality and irrevocable loss."

60. JAPANESE AMERICAN NATIONAL MUSEUM. 369 E. First St. Los Angeles. (213) 625-0414. Beginning Thursday June 8th and with a book signing and artist's reception on Saturday, June 10th is "kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa" "kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa"is an exhibition of portraits by artist Kip Fulbeck, who traveled the country photographing more than 1,000 Hapa of all ages and walks of life. Originally a derogatory label derived from the Hawaiian word for half, the word Hapa has been embraced as a term of pride by many whose mixed-race heritage includes Asian or Pacific Rim ancestry.
"kip fulbeck: part asian, 100% hapa" is an artist's attempt to explore Hapa--who now number in the millions--and it offers a complex perspective on an increasing reality of contemporary America.. Fulbeck's work seeks to address in words and images the one question that Hapa are frequently asked: "What are you?" By pairing portraits of Hapa - unadorned by make-up, jewelry, and clothing - along with their handwritten statements on who they are, Fulbeck has produced powerful yet intimate expressions of beauty and identity.
Kip Fulbeck is an award-winning photographer, filmmaker, writer, and spoken-word artist whose work has been exhibited worldwide. He is professor and chair of Art at University of California, Santa Barbara. The companion book, part asian, 100% hapa features a foreword by Sean Lennon, an afterword by Paul Spickard, and is published by Chronicle Books. The exhibit can be seen until October 29th.

61. CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM. 600 State Dr. Exposition Park. Los Angeles. (213) 744-7432. Exhibited until May 27th is "Twice Taken Pictures: Ancestral Portraits by Darryl Sivad", which are photographs of 31 individuals holding images of family members document kinship, memory, identity, and loss.
Also on view until August 16th is "The National Pastime in Black and White: The Negro Baseball Leagues, 1867-1955" an exhibit of photographs and artifacts that looks at the role of segregated players in their baseball teams and communities. The web-site description is as follows.
"The Negro Baseball Leagues, 1867–1955, tells the fascinating story of the Negro leagues during segregation. The exhibition’s 60 photographs and selection of rare artifacts acquaint visitors with great athletes who were good enough but were prevented from playing in the major leagues. These athletes didn’t wait for the door to “organized” baseball to open; they formed their own teams and leagues and played the game with as much enthusiasm as their white counterparts. The Negro leagues provided a venue for black ballplayers prior to the desegregation of major league baseball, which preceded all the major civil rights landmarks of the 1950s and 1960s. This and other social aspects of the Negro leagues are examined, in the exhibition along with the roles of teams and players in their communities, the importance of weekly black newspapers, and barnstorming."

62. UNIVERSITY OF LA VERNE. Miller Hall. 1950 Third St. La Verne. (909) 593-3511, ext. 4285, ext. 4763. Parking is easiest found on the street (bring change) unless you can find an empty visitor space on the east side of the library parking lot. Call regarding the current exhibit.

63. SCA PROJECT GALLERY. 281 South Thomas Street, Unit 104. Pomona. (909) 620-5481. Shown until June 3rd in Gallery S is "A Place of Fury", a collection of architectural photographs by Marguerite Garth documenting the decline of an abandoned ranch over a four year period. Photographs are mounted on elements found from the site itself, such as aluminum, concrete, and drywall. The work has almost a sculptural quality.

64. UCR/CALIFORNIA MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY. 3824 Main St. (downtown pedestrian mall) Riverside. (951) 784-FOTO (3686). Open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is only $1.00 !!!

Until July 15th is a joint exhibit by Nicoline van Harskamp and Jill Magid, “Supervision”, photographic and video installations that examine the expanding phenomenon of surveillance and increased supervision of public and private space. Van Karskamp documents and explores uniform as her subject in the “Guide to Guards” series; Magid presents “Evidence Locker”, an epic collaboration with the Liverpool Police Department in the UK and their citywide system of surveillance cameras.
The L.A. Times in describing the exhibit as being a study of a society under surveillance describes the two artists' work as follows. "With recent reports of identity thefts, hidden nanny cams, and illegal wiretapping, even the most laid back individual can feel a bit paranoid. In the exhibition "Supervision," Dutch artist Nicoline van Harskamp and American artist Jill Magid explore the psychology of observation and how realms of both public and private space have become increasingly monitored and controlled. Van Harskamp presents large-scale photographs of men and women in uniforms, and Magid's film shows members of the Liverpool Police Department tracking the artist on closed-circuit television."

Until July 15th is "Artificial Collections: Photographic Portfolios of the 70s and 80s" explores some of the portfolios housed in the permanent collection at UCR/CMP. This selection by UC Riverside lecturer Anthony Pearson, is an intriguing look at a format, which was extremely popular at the time of production. Most of these portfolios were issued in very small editions, made exclusively in many cases for only the participating artists themselves. Bound and presented in distinctive boxes the portfolios act as time capsules to an era where photographic production was intimate and personal by nature. The structure of the portfolio's themselves act as a distinct way of marking a concern or a grouping of individual practitioners. They often read as exhibitions or movements in the format of a contained box.

Get more information about the work of the artists at the museum web-site. You can also see numerous online exhibits including the museum's site about Ansel Adams and the Fiat Lux collection, which resides in their institution. The Digital Studio features a wide array of programs workshops and internships with cutting edge digital technology and artists and the Internet Gallery features "Network Exhibitions" programming, changing exhibitions designed for Internet and World Wide Web users. All of this and more can be seen at the museum’s most excellent web-site at

65. CARNEGIE ART MUSEUM. 424 South C Street. Oxnard. (805) 385-8157. The museum's hours are Thurs.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun., 1-5 p.m. Among other current exhibits is "Beyond Belief", a series of hand colored Cibachrome prints of the man made and natural world by Jane Gottlieb, which can be seen until June 4th.
From June 24th to August 20th one of the featured exhibits will be “Documenting China: Contemporary Photography and Social Change”.

66. SANTA BARBARA MUSEUM OF ART. 1130 State Street. Santa Barbara. (805) 963-4364. Now on view until August 6th is “Taking Root: A Century of Migrant Workers in California”, photographs and documents tracing the history of migrant workers in the state. The web-site description is as follows.
"Part of a unique collaborative effort between the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, the Santa Barbara News-Press, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Taking Root: A Century of Migrant Workers in California traces the history of one of our state’s most valuable resources – the laborer. On view at SBMA are approximately 25 vintage prints by photographers from the 1930s to 1970s, spanning the time of the Works Progress and Farm Securities Administrations, Life and Look magazines, and images of Cesar Chavez’s legendary march to Sacramento. Serving as counterpoint at Channing Peake Gallery is the exhibition The New Okies, a photographic essay that pays tribute to the immigrant strawberry pickers of Santa Maria utilizing a comparative mix of historical images on loan from the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, and contemporary photographs by Santa Barbara News-Press photographers made possible by a grant from the California Council for the Humanities. Both exhibitions will be on view simultaneously beginning May 15 in order to encourage visitors to make contrasts and comparisons between the historical and present-day California laborer.
The SBMA exhibition, Taking Root, represents early documentation of farm labor, a significant part of the documentary photographic tradition in the United States. Many of the renowned photographers of the 1930s and 1940s, including Dorothea Lange and Marion Post Wolcott, were retained by government agencies to document the farm workers’ rural and small-town living and working conditions, and the progress of programs established to improve these conditions.
The result provided not only pictorial validation of the need for such programs, but also an intimate look at the lives of people, including their culture, their union organizing activity, and their labor leaders. From the extreme working conditions illustrated by Marion Post Wolcott’s Untitled (Children drinking water in a field) and Dorothea Lange’s Roadside Ranch Camp, 1936, to the conflict posed in Hansel Mieth’s, Sheriff and Deputized Farmers, Salinas Lettuce Strike, 1936, to the tender moments of family life, depicted by Pirkle Jones’ Farm Worker Family, Bakersfield, CA, 1957, Taking Root engages the viewer on emotional, political and socioeconomic levels and reveals both aesthetic and social significance in the roots of American photography." Beginning Saturday, July 1st is "Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China".

67. CHANNING PEAKE GALLERY. County Administration Building. 105 E. Anapamu St., Santa Barbara. (805) 568-3994 or 965-9044. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. A public gallery of the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, in conjunction with the current exhibit at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, they are presenting “The New Okies: A Tribute to the Mixtec Strawberry Workers of Santa Maria Valley”. The exhibit provides a contemporary lens through which to view the century-plus history of migrant labor in California as photographed by Santa Barbara New-Press photographers and can be seen until August 25th.

It is always advisable to check with the gallery or museum if you are traveling any distance to see a particular show. The information provided in this bulletin is as accurate as possible, but should not be regarded as infallible. Unless specifically stated that the artist will be present at an opening reception, it is best to check with the gallery to confirm their attendance if you are hoping to meet the artist in person.

If you enjoy using “Artscene”, the monthly publication with gallery listings for all of Southern California as a reference, you might want to check out their web-site at It is updated regularly with news of gallery openings and has reviews, links to galleries and links to maps. They also now have an image gallery of artist's work and links to gallery announcements.

Another site that lists its member galleries is, which has a directory of a variety of galleries worldwide with much useful information.

Still another web-site that is helpful, especially if you are traveling to other parts of the country and want to see what venues for photography are available in the area is


At our meetings over the years Frank Cancian has introduced us to and delighted us with his unique style of documentary photography and shown us what a socio-cultural anthropologist does in his spare time. He watches people. Previously Frank's images could only be seen online at the ethnographic photography web-site but he now has his own web-site with images from several of his bodies of observational work including his popular "Volleyball/Dance" series. You can see the volleyball players and more at One of the other series on the web-site is "Orange County Housecleaners", which is the title of a book that has just been published in which he tells the life stories of seven women who now or recently cleaned houses for a living. I'm sure Frank will provide us with more details about his book at our meeting. Both web-site are worth a look.

Ellen Butler invites you to "Dogma", this year's annual member exhibit for SCA, Southern California Artists. Held Saturday, June 17th from 6-9 p.m. at Chapman University Guggenheim Gallery the opening reception is also a charity fundraiser. The event this year is to raise funds for the United States Humane Society for Relief from Hurricane Katrina. Artists, whether SCA members or not, are invited to create and donate 5x7 inch pieces of wall art to be sold for $30 a piece. You can get more information at The exhibit will run from June 17th through July 9th.

Andre Aleksis would like to invite you to the 12th Annual Balboa Island Art Walk, which takes place Sunday, May 21st from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can see work by more than 90 artists including Andre's photography. More information about the artwalk including directions and the most important thing to know, where to park, can be found at You can see Andre's work at his web-site at

This bulletin is a publication of The Photographers’ Exchange. It is intended to enhance our aesthetic sensibilities and expand our cultural horizons, as artists and patrons of the arts, by publicizing the opportunities to view photography and photo based art and to interact with other artists and patrons in a variety of settings throughout the greater Southern California area. The bulletin is further intended as a means of unabashedly heralding the achievements of our members and promoting the display of their art in whatever venue it might be shown, so that we can support them with our presence, our encouragement and our comment.
You can reach Larry Vogel by e-mail at . I would appreciate your comments, suggestions, submissions and criticisms. You can reach me, Larry Pribble, at (714) 480-0518 or at If you would like to send me a notice card by mail, my address is 2114 Plumwood Lane, Santa Ana, CA 92705.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 September 2006 )


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