Posts Tagged ‘Photo LA’

Notable: Photo l.a. is back, Santa Monica, California

In Art Fair, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm


2012 Emerging Focus Participant

It is January, so our eye turns to the West Coast and a great line up of photography events and dealer displays at Photo l.a. For the emerging artist there are the “Emerging Focus” portfolio reviews … with time still to sign up.

photo l.a.’s rich and distinguished history has influenced the transforming art/photography landscape of Los Angeles. Many important artists have been introduced to the public at photo l.a. and we are honored to have played a crucial role in the cultural life of Los Angeles.

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


For more information: Photo l.a.

Notable: Photo La Exhibition

In Art Fair, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm



 Anthony Friedkin, Woman by the Pool, Beverly Hills Hotel

Its that time again. Stop by and see top gallery offerings at Photo La:

Photo l.a. returns to the historic Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for its 21st edition January 12 – 16, 2012. Continuing the discourse on photography’s place in the fine arts, photo l.a. provides galleries from around the globe a platform for the exhibition of vintage masterworks and contemporary photography, as well as video and multimedia installations. This exciting juxtaposition creates the unique environment that characterizes photo l.a.

Over the past twenty-one years, photo l.a. has exhibited more than three hundred galleries, private dealers and publishers and has presented more than one hundred and fifty lectures and collecting seminars to the public. Our continued efforts to create a dynamic experience for our patrons has not only increased our loyal fan base, but has attracted over eleven thousand interested collectors, curators and dealers of photography each year.

JANUARY 12 – 16, 2012

For more information: Photo La

Emerging Artist Spotlight: Deanna Dikeman

In Art Fair, Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on February 9, 2010 at 9:44 am

Deanna Dikeman “Leaving and waving”

After seeing Deanna Dikeman’s work in Atlanta and Los Angeles at portfolio reviews, we were struck by the interesting and well executed “Relative Moments” images she was sharing. We briefly interviewed Deanna and have her slightly edited comments below:

In your "Relative Moments" series … why Black and White when you work with color as well?

I started this series back when I was only working with black and white film. So it was the natural medium to choose. I was familiar with working in color from commercial assignments, so I tried some of my artwork in color. Sometimes it worked, especially with interiors. But since the color of Mom and Dad’s house is red, it seems to get "in the way" and it is much more difficult to make a successful photograph there in color. I also like the vintage feel that black and white creates.  I hear over and over that a photo I took 2 years ago looks like it was made 40 years ago.

What is your goal with the viewer?

I want to show the value of a calm quiet life lived in the Midwest. Sometimes it seems that everything in art has to have an "edge" to be successful, and I get tired of that. I like the challenge of luring the viewer into the world within my photograph by showing something ordinary, like watering the garden or washing dishes.

What are your observations on the portfolio review process as a participant?

I went to four reviews in the past 12 months. Two in New York, one in Atlanta, and one in Los Angeles. With each review, I got better prepared for the next: knowing what to present, what questions to ask, and who to try to meet with (galleries vs. publishers vs. curators.) Also, after you begin to hear similar comments from several reviewers over time, you know that comment is worth paying attention to.

Using subject matter that could be maudlin in presentation, Deanna instead kept a balanced cool but emotionally linked posture in her portrayal of aging relatives. We are left with lingering thoughts about the lasting impressions made by these images.

For more of Deanna Dikeman’s work: Deanna Dikeman


UPDATE: Deanna is appearing at Hagedorn Gallery through April 24, 2010… reception March 4 at 6pm. 425 Peachtree Hills, Atalanta, Georgia.      See: Hagedorn

Collector’s Corner: Anthony Bannon – Director, George Eastman House at Photo LA

In Art Fair, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 21, 2010 at 10:07 pm


Anthony Bannon at Photo LA

We were taken on a private tour of the gallery offerings before the show opened at Photo LA. What originally was to be a “how to collect” lecture turned into an interesting, interactive discussion on current and classic photography … trends, points of value, under-recognized works and sidebars both informative and humorous.

Some of the topics included particular photographers or industry luminaries:

  • Tony Hido, mystic looking foggy scenes of upstate NY
  • George Tice, Amish roads
  • Sebastiao Salgado, multiple prints throughout the show
  • Bill Brandt, “elephant man”
  • Arnold Newman, rare images
  • James Fee, he of “Peleliu Project” project fame
  • Alfred Stieglitz, promotion of “modern” art
  • Roger Ballen, collecting an artist over time has its rewards
  • Nathan Lyons, Eastman House exhibit after 9/11
  • David Trautrimas, good use of humor in “gas tank” architecture
  • Penti Sammallahti,  “One price, all prints”
  • Helmut Gernsheim, grand historian along side Newhall
  • Susan Burnstine,  toy cameras, ex. “James Brown”
  • Michael Kenna,  “Mont St. Michel” for his father
  • Graham Nash, of music and digital prints fame

In addition, we held contextual discussion on the New Topographics, abstractionism, romantic vs. classic photography and the rise of Czech photography. Of special interest were comments by attendee Robert Weingarten. As an aside, take a look at Bob’s Amish pictures (as well as those of George Tice) for interesting use of Black and White.

Suffice it to say, “Tony” covered a lot of territory in 90 minutes. One theme was apparent as a back drop to his discussion: George Eastman House is a touchstone for many key events in the evolving timeline  of photography. In revisiting their history and holdings for this piece, we once again are reminded of the invaluable place this institution occupies to this day. For information: George Eastman House

Special Note -Take advantage of the current matching grant program to help keep this important institution moving forward through this century: Fielding Matching Grant