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Message from Gallery Luisotti

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, Uncategorized by Jim McKinniss on February 26, 2010

Photo copyright by Christina Fernandez

Dear Friends,

We’re excited to announce the inclusion of Christina Fernandez in the MAK Center for Art and Architecture’s large-scale urban exhibition How Many Billboards? Art in Stead. The exhibition consists of 21 newly commissioned works by contemporary artists working in the vein of California’s conceptual art movement and presented on billboards throughout Los Angeles. Christina’s billboard, Coldwell Couch , features two square-format photographs from the Sereno series, which explores the idea of landscape as self-portrait. The billboard can be found on the south side of Hollywood Boulevard just west of Bronson Avenue. For more information on the project, including the concurrent overview exhibit at the Schindler House, and the participating artists, please visit the project site here <> . Information can also be found regarding lectures and panel discussions hosted by the MAK Center and a bus tour, held Saturday, February 27 and Saturday, March 6, here <> .

Theresa Luisotti

Gallery Luisotti
2525 Michigan Ave., Bldg. A2
Santa Monica California 90404


By Jim McKinniss

Peter Clothier to talk about his new book at Los Angeles Art Association

Posted in Books & Magazines by Jim McKinniss on February 26, 2010


Photos copyright by Peter Clothier

Persistence: Your Most Powerful Creative Tool

A presentation and reading from a new publication, Persist: In Praise of the Creative Spirit in a World Gone Mad With Commerce. 

This session addresses the predicament of creative people of all kinds-artists, writers, actors, musicians, dancers…–in a cultural environment in which success is most often measured in commercial terms, and where it is increasingly difficult for even the most talented to get a hearing.  In this context, we’ll be thinking specifically about the benefits for the artist of a disciplined mind and a commitment to practice-how to acquire and develop these qualities, and how to apply them to creating a life in art that will survive the vicissitudes of an art world dominated by market concerns.

A former art school Dean (Otis Art Institute, Loyola Marymount University) and a widely-published art writer, I bring the perspective of long experience and an empathy for the creative passion.  You can find out more about me at my website,

For additional information about the book, you may want to see these reviews:

When:  6pm, March 3, 2010  

Where:Gallery 825

825 North La Cienega Boulevard

Los Angeles, CA 90069

phone: 310.652.8272

fax: 310.652.9251

About: Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities, resources, services and exhibition venues for emerging Los Angeles artists of all media. LAAA began as a civic art institution in the 1920s, connecting elite art interests to Hollywood collectors, emerging after World War II as the center of Los Angeles modernism and finally becoming the city’s nexus for emerging artists of all media. LAAA serves as a dynamic force for contemporary ideas, outreach, and community. Gallery 825 and Los Angeles Art Association are located in the heart of La Cienega Boulevard’s Restaurant Row at 825 North La Cienega Bl., Los Angeles, CA 90069. Gallery hours are 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Saturday or by appointment. Please call 310.652.8272 or visit


By Jim McKinniss

Photographers’ Exchange members in 2nd City Council exhibition

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by Jim McKinniss on February 21, 2010

Cows n Ponies image copyright by Diane Reeves


Photograph "Limbo" copyright by John Stewart


Photo copyright by Jan Brueckner


"The practice of medicine" copyright by Janos Lanyi

Photographers’ Exchange members Diane Reeves, John Stewart, Janos Lanyi, and Jan Brueckner will have work on display at 2nd City Council’s upcoming exhibition “Impact of a Medium“.

Robert Flick who is a photographer and Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California is the juror for this exhibition.  Flick grew up in Amersfoort, Holland and studied at the University of British Columbia at Vancouver.

He received his M.F.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.  He has exhibited work all over the world, with shows at LACMA, the Hammer Museum, and the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, SFMOMA in San Francisco, the National Museum of American Art and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., Deightor Hallen in Hamburg, Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, and Min Gallery in Tokyo.

Flick’s work is in a number of public collections as well. He has received a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts grant, a COLA (City of Los Angeles) individual artist grant, and a Getty Scholarship.

The exhibition runs Saturday, February 20, 2010 – Wednesday, March 24, 2010.

There will be an artists’ reception on Saturday, February 27, 2010  7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m

The 2nd City Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art gallery + performance space that was incorporated on January 1, 2000.  We are dedicated to supporting and promoting artists, their work and art education.  Our mission is to expose the public to the wealth of creativity that exists. 

Our exhibitions are usually thematic and explore topics, from each artists’ unique perspective, that impact or interest the community as a whole.  The gallery provides a welcoming space where the public can come together to learn about the various cultures, traditions, lifestyles and philosophies that are part of our world.  Our arts educational outreach is offered to teenagers living in Foster Care group homes. In keeping with the gallery’s philosophy that art should be available to everyone, admission is free.

Contact information for 2nd City Council gallery:

Location: 435 Alamitos Avenue Long Beach, CA 90802

Phone (562) 901-0997 or contact by email at

By Jim McKinniss

MOLAA Opens Photography Exhibit

Posted in Art Museums, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Gina Genis on February 20, 2010

The Museum of Latin American Art, in Long Beach, has opened an exhibit dedicated completely to photography. “Changing the Focus: Latin American Photography (1990-2005) runs through May 2nd in the Main Exhibition Gallery.

“Organized around four themes of investigation—Subliminal Structures, Embodied Identities, Staged Irony and The Individual & Social Violence—the exhibition explores the artist’s personally-charged response to local and global issues grounded in the contemporary Latin American experience.”

The exhibit showcases 35 photographers from Mexico, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Experimental photography as well as traditional photography are on view.

MOLAA is located at: 628 Alamitos Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802 Phone 562.437.1689

by Gina Genis

Kohei Yoshiyuki exhibition at M+B Gallery

Posted in Uncategorized by Jim McKinniss on February 18, 2010

Photos copyright by Kohei Yoshiyuki


M+B is pleased to present the West Coast premiere exhibition of Japanese photographer Kohei Yoshiyuki’s The Park.


Shot in three Tokyo parks during the early seventies, The Park is a series of black and white photographs capturing couples meeting up for clandestine trysts and, more provocatively, the voyeurs who came out to watch them. First exhibited in 1979 at Komai Gallery in Tokyo, the uproar surrounding his methods caused these photographs to be hidden from the public for the next 28 years. The Los Angeles exhibition opens on March 12, 2010 with an opening reception from 6 to 8p and will run through April 17, 2010. A monograph of the same name published by Hatje Cantz and Yossi Milo Gallery will accompany the exhibition and includes an original essay by Vince Aletti, along with an interview conducted by Nobuyoshi Araki that first appeared in a 1980 monograph of Yoshiyuki’s work.

Mr. Yoshiyuki first stumbled upon this hidden world while photographing skyscrapers in front of Chuo Park in Shinjuku at night when he witnessed a couple having sex and quickly discovered an entire scene of young lovers—and their peepers. He soon returned with an inconspicuous 35mm camera, a filtered flash and infrared film, and began shooting these hetero and homosexual couplings, along with their spectators lurking in the bushes.

What is particularly striking about this series of photographs is not the graphic nature of the sexual acts portrayed, which are usually obscured by other figures or occur out of frame, but the densely packed tableaux of voyeurs who crowd in on the couples and sometimes attempt to join in. The raw, snapshot-like quality of these images implicates photographer, viewer and subject, which makes this work especially poignant and intriguing.

In the tradition of Walker Evans on the New York subway or Weegee’s photographs of couples in the movie theatre, Yoshiyuki’s The Park is a social documentary of Japan in the 1970s that is rarely seen or heard of, as well as being a comment on photography itself. As Martin Parr writes in The Photobook: A History, Volume II, “The Park is a brilliant piece of social documentation, capturing perfectly the loneliness, sadness and desperation that so often accompany sexual or human relationships in a big, hard metropolis like Tokyo.”

The exhibition will also include photographs from Yoshiyuki’s 1978 companion project, Love Hotel, a group of video stills pulled from unerased videotapes made by clients of one of Japan’s infamous rooms-by-the-hour hotels. The resulting pictures are grainy abstractions of faceless, nameless people caught, mid-act, in lovemaking.

Kohei Yoshiyuki was born in 1946 in Japan, where he currently lives and works. Photographs from The Park series have been acquired by the Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Museum of Modern Art (New York), North Carolina Museum of Art (Raleigh) and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This will be his first exhibition with M+B.

Location: M+B, 612 North Almont Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Show Title: Kohei Yoshiyuki: The Park

Exhibition Dates: March 12 – April 17, 2010

Opening Reception: Friday, March 12, 6 – 8 pm

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm, and by appt


For more info, please contact Shannon Richardson at M+B at (310) 550 – 0050 or

PhotoFest – Photography Festival Long Beach City College

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by douglaspstockdale on February 17, 2010

Long Beach City College (LBCC), located in Long Beach, California is having it’s 3rd annual PhotoFest again on April 13 – 17, 2010, which is a series of FREE seminars.

Photo Exchange member Douglas Stockdale, a photographer and the Editor/Publisher of The PhotoBook is returning again as a staff member of the PhotoFest, and will be providing an evening seminar on How to Develop a PhotoBook, at 6pm on Tuesday, April 13th. His program sold out very early last year, so it is recommended that if you are intested in this seminar, you sign up as soon as possible. Regretfully, he will not be able to provide the Photo Project seminar earlier on the same day due to prior committments.

From the PhotoFest web page: The Photography Program at Long Beach City College will be hosting PhotoFest10@LBCC on April 13th, 14th, 15th and 17th. 2010. This is the 3rd annual festival to be held in Long Beach, California with 3 days of free photography-related events and celebrations. The festival will bring together a wide array of accomplished photographers from Southern California and will showcase the work of renowned photographic artists and photojournalists. Our goal is to celebrate photography and it’s impact on our world.

The main emphasis of the festival will be the workshops, demonstrations and seminars held over the three-day period. These events are free, open to students and the general public as well, and are suitable for all levels of expertise. The festival will feature a Photography contest that is open to all LBCC students. The Saturday evening exhibition and reception will showcase work from the LBCC photography program as well as reveal the photography contest winners.

So check it out!

Best regards, Douglas

Vogel Lecture at Irvine Fine Arts Center

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits by vogelart on February 13, 2010

Lomography Grand Opening Party in Los Angeles

Posted in Photographers, Photography by douglaspstockdale on February 13, 2010

For those who still do care about analog photography and are in Southern CA area, some interesting news.

February 18th, 2010 is the big date! That’s when the first Lomography Gallery Store and official Lomography Embassy will open its doors on the West Coast! To mark the event and usher in the new era of Lomography in Los Angeles, we are planning an epic celebration with an ocean of drinks, live Mariachi music, tacos and tamales, and even dancing girls! The festivities will begin at 7:00pm, and run until we are out of drinks! Space on the guestlist is limited, so to ensure you can join the party, send an RSVP to now!

 Lomography Arrives in Los Angeles with a New Store and Embassy!

The grand opening party is just the beginning, Angelinos. Get ready for the full Lomographic experience, as the new store will also be your meet-up spot, workshop location, gallery space, and feature the full line of Lomographic products and services.

Come in and paw that camera you’ve been dreaming about, pick up some film, and soon even drop off your film for processing! You’ll also be able to take part in workshops and exhibitions, or just come spend the afternoons or evenings chilling on our couches and talking shop with other Lomographers and friends!

We’ve got a ton of stuff planned for the coming year, and we hope you’ll take the ride with us!

Also check out their web site, here.

Best regards, Douglas Stockdale

Fine Art for Haiti

Posted in Photographers, Photography by douglaspstockdale on February 10, 2010


Photo Exchange member Hal Meyers has initiated a fund raiser for relief for those in Haiti, titled Fine Art for Haiti, with a selection of limited edition prints available here.

Hal states:

Choose from an exclusive gallery of fine art images located below, specially priced to support the relief effort in Haiti. All images are 12″ x 18″ (including 1″ white border), printed on archival paper and signed by the artist. Purchase includes free shipping and handling, with 100% of the proceeds going to the American Red Cross. Please note that prints are not tax deductible, as you receive a product for your generous gift. Allow 2-4 weeks for delivery. Thank you for your support!

So please check it out,

by Douglas Stockdale

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OsCene Feature Article In Riviera Magazine

Posted in Art Museums, Books & Magazines, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, tPE members by Gina Genis on February 8, 2010

OsCene article in Riviera Magazine

OsCene 2010, A survey exhibit of the most innovative art work in Orange County is featured in an article in Riviera Magazine. Grace Kook Anderson, curator of the Laguna Art Museum has carefully selected work from visual artists in Orange County, Long Beach, and San Pedro to represent the current artistic climate. She has teamed up with curators Keiko Beattie and Ashley Eckenweiler to add the important mediums of film and music to the exhibit. The best way to view the article is to click on this link, then click on Contents, scroll down to The Radar Art, and you are there.

OsCene 2010 opens at the Laguna Art Museum on February 20th with a smashing party including a DJ, Roller Derby girls, cash bar, and of course it’s all about the art. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. The exhibit runs through May 16th for the normal museum admission price. Tickets to the opening reception can be purchased here.