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MASSIMO VITALI Show at M+B Gallery

Posted in Uncategorized by Jim McKinniss on July 31, 2010

All images copyright by Massimo Vitali


September 11 – October 16, 2010

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 11, 2010 from 6 to 8 pm

M+B is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by internationally acclaimed artist Massimo Vitali.

Vitali’s unique views of the rites and rituals of modern-day leisure have garnered praise since he began photographing in his signature style in 1994.

Featuring new work from 2009 and 2010, this exhibition includes eight large-scale color photographs from Austria, Croatia, Sicily and Turkey. The exhibition opens September 11, 2010 and runs through October 16, 2010 with an opening reception on Saturday, September 11 from 6 to 8 pm.

Concurrent with the exhibition is the release of Vitali’s third monograph published by Steidl titled Landscapes with Figures 2.

Vitali’s photography occupies a place between documentary realism and the surreal. His landscapes are casually inhabited by figures such as sunbathers and tourists who often forget about the photographer’s presence, as he waits for such a moment while perched 20 feet in the air on a platform. Ever interested in the ways in which people interact with their environment and each other, Vitali’s images satisfy a sociological desire as well as a voyeuristic longing to observe unawares. On this level his works are happily profitable, as each mural sized work allows for the intimate perusal of hundreds of candid portraits.

Massimo Vitali was born in Como, Italy in 1944. Internationally respected for his acclaimed oeuvre of large-scale works depicting people at play and masses at leisure, he has photographed beach scenes, ski locations as well as tourist estinations. Vitali has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries worldwide and his work is found in some of the most important private and public collections in the world.

This will be his third exhibition with M+B.

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

Exhibition Dates: September 11 – October 16, 2010

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

Dawson’s Book Shop moving sale

Posted in Books & Magazines, Photo Galleries by douglaspstockdale on July 29, 2010

I just received this notice and it may be a nice opportunity to pick up a nice photobook or two at a reasonable price;

The iconic Dawson’s Book Shop, 535 N. Larchmont Boulevard in Los Angeles, will be having a moving sale from Saturday August 7th thru Saturday August 21st. The bookshop will be open from Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 5pm each week of the and rare books on photography and California history ( He will also be available at a new location by appointment only.

Over 3000 titles will be on sale for up to 75% off. Hundreds of historic photographs and regional ephemera will be greatly discounted.

Owner Michael Dawson will still retain his book and photo appraisal business as well as his on-line business for fine art and historical photography. Since 1905, Dawson’s Bookshop has been a leading source in Southern California for rare and out of print books in the fields of California history, Western Americana and photography. In fact, Dawson’s is the oldest continuously operating bookshop in the city of Los Angeles. Ernest Dawson started the shop in downtown Los Angeles. After three moves downtown and a transfer of ownership to the second generation of Glen and Muir Dawson, the shop settled on Larchmont Boulevard in the Hollywood/Hancock Park area in 1968. Michael Dawson marks the third generation of the Dawson family to helm this Los Angeles treasure.

Also closing will be the Michael Dawson Gallery. A central focus of the Larchmont Village location, the Michael Dawson Gallery spacious exhibition area highlighted a photographic inventory of fine, vintage photographs by artists such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Adam Clark Vroman. The gallery displayed work by an exciting group of contemporary photographers including Kaucyila Brooke, Judy Dater, Scott B. Davis, Karen Halverson, Yuichi Hibi, Ken Rosenthal, Kim Stringfellow and Roger Vail.

Best regards, Douglas

Collodion Photography by Jody Ake

Posted in Books & Magazines, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on July 17, 2010

Photos copyright by Jody Ake

Photos copyright by Jode Ake

I recently became acquainted with the work of Jody Ake. Jody creates photos using the alternative process called wet collodion. You can read more about the process here:

Jody has published a book called “Likeness” using the on-line facilities of The book showcases his exquisite portraiture. There is an on-line preview of the book available at

Web site:

By Jim McKinniss

Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties

Posted in Art Museums, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on July 16, 2010


The Sacrifice (detail) copyright by James Natchwey


"Rat" and Mike with a gun, Seattle copyright by Mary Ellen Mark


 This exhibition will be at the Getty Center Museum from June 19 through November 14, 2010.

In the decades following World War II, an independently minded and critically engaged form of photography began to gather momentum. Its practitioners have combined their skills as artists and reporters, creating extended photographic essays that delve deeply into topics of social concern and present distinct personal visions of the world.

Engaged Observers looks in depth at projects by a selection of the most vital photographers who have contributed to the development of this approach. Passionately committed to their subjects, they have authored evocative bodies of work that are often published extensively as books and transcend the realm of traditional photojournalism.

Works in this exhibition are from photographers Philip Jones Griffiths, Leonard Freed, W. Eugene Smith and Aileen M. Smith, Susan Meiselas, Mary Ellen Mark, Lauren Greenfield, Larry Towell, Sabastiao Salgado, and James Natchwey.

By Jim McKinniss

Democracy – Your Voice. Your Photo.

Posted in Juried opportunities, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on July 16, 2010

The Annenberg Space for Photography is introducing The Democracy Photo Challenge.

Now through July 28, amateur and professional photographers from across the globe are invited to submit digital photographs that complete the phrase “Democracy is…” for the Democracy Photo Challenge, a competition developed by a unique public-private partnership.

Created to help share ideas and knowledge around the world, the Democracy Photo Challenge will be judged by an independent jury and online public voting.

Later this year, twelve winners will have their photographs exhibited at the United Nations in New York as well as at galleries in New York and Los Angeles.

The independent jury co-chaired by documentary photographer Phil Borges, International Center of Photography director Willis Hartshorn and Academy Award-winning director Louie Psihoyos will announce 36 finalists on August 19. Between August 19 and August 26, the winners will be selected via online voting by the general public. Two winners from each of six geographic regions will be announced on the United Nations’ International Day of Democracy, September 15.

We encourage you to submit photographs, view current entries and let others know about this exciting new addition to the “Democracy is…” global conversation. For information, please visit the Democracy Photo Challenge website.

By Jim McKinniss

SHOTS Magazine presents fascinating photography.

Posted in Books & Magazines, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on July 10, 2010

Image copyright by SHOTS Magazine

Baboon In Window copyright by ANNE BERRY

I’ve been a subscriber to SHOTS Magazine for several years now. I was introduced to the magazine by Doug Beasley who is an extraordinary professional photographer based in St. Paul, Minnesota.

When thinking about how to describe the photography presented in SHOTS, the first thought that comes to mind is “alternative”. But this is not the “alternative” that generally comes to mind when used with the word photography since that connotation is related to the technical processes of creating photographs. When I use alternative in context with the photographs shown in SHOTS, I am refering to the subjects of and the ideas expressed in the photos.

From the SHOTS website –

SHOTS Magazine is an independent, reader-supported, quarterly journal of fine art photography in its 23rd year of publication. SHOTS is known for its democratic presentation of work by a variety of photographers from around the world. Often described as a “photographer’s photography magazine”, SHOTS reaches a wide audience that includes not only photographers, but also educators, gallery directors, museums and others interested in photography.”

More information about SHOTS Magazine can be found at


By Jim McKinniss


Amy Auerbach book signing at Duncan Miller Gallery

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on July 7, 2010

Smokestack 1998 copyright by Amy Auerbach

Duncan Miller Gallery announces the artist’s reception and book signing for Amy Auerbach’s solo exhibition “Vanishing Waterfront” on Saturday, July 10 from 7-10 PM.

This series of photographs encompasses both surrealism and abstraction, merging the elements of light and water to create beautifully rendered disjunctive realities that simultaneously reveal and conceal the living world. “Often haunting, Auerbach’s photographs transform familiar everyday objects including a water tower and a windmill into murky, intangible imprints that float and shimmer even within the relative stillness of the photographic image itself; these are sublime moments held in time that appear mysterious yet strangely iconic.” 

Auerbach’s exhibition is the third in the series of four concurrent solo shows from San Francisco-based artists. Duncan Miller Gallery hosts the first solo exhibitions for each of these artists in Los Angeles. 

The artist’s reception for Rolf Horn’s exhibition “Landscape” will be held on July 24 from 7-10 pm. Horn’s photographs exemplify the peace and simplicity of the natural world, images that capture a transcendental sense of euphoria at the joy of being alive. Monica Denevan’s series of photographs, “Songs of the River: Portraits from Burma” are at once stark and revelatory and capture both the complexity and inherent splendor of the Burmese landscape. These images suggest Denevan’s own deeply personal investment in Burmese culture and the complex relationships she has forged over time with its people. Ben Nixon’s photographs describe a connection to history that is both geological and photographic.  Utilizing the 19th century “collodion technique” Nixon’s photographs reference the nostalgia of the American West. The chance nature inherent in the wet-plate process suggests a distinctive mood and atmosphere steeped in the history of American lore.

 Contact    Tel: 310 838 2440

The Duncan Miller Gallery is located in West Los Angeles, 1/3 mile East of the 405 Freeway.

ADDRESS: 10959 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90034

Gallery hours:

Thursday through Saturday
11am – 6pm and by appointment


By Jim McKinniss

Luisotti Gallery announces upcoming exhibition of the work of John Divola at LAArt

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on July 7, 2010

Image copyright by John Divola


Theresa Luisotti is excited to announce John Divola’s upcoming exhibition at LA><ART, a nonprofit space in Culver City, featuring his series The Green of this Notebook. The piece is based on Jean-Paul Sartre’s book Being and Nothingness which, while constantly referring to visual illustrations, investigates the essential character of existence. John juxtaposes passages that include visual references from Sartre’s book with photographs that correspond to the text.

The exbition opens on July 17th with a reception from 6:00-9:00pm and will be open through August 21st.

For images and John’s statement on The Green of this Notebook, please visit his website at And information on the exhibition and LA><ART can be found on their website

By Jim McKinniss

Three exhibitions at Angels Gate Cultural Center.

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on July 6, 2010

In three new exhibitions opening July 11, Angels Gate Cultural Center will be featuring photographic portraiture.  The three artists of these exhibitions range widely in subject, yet are brought together through their exploration of individuals that often go unseen – artists as workers, the human elements of the Los Angeles Superior Court system and members of the American military.  
Slobodan Dimitrov: Artist Portraits  


Photo copyright by Slobodan Dimitrov
















In 2006 the Angels Gate Cultural Center commissioned renown labor photographer and long-time AGCC Studio Artist to engage in an ongoing project to document artists working and exhibiting in the Harbor Area.  This series is executed in large format, Polaroid Type 55 Black and White Film and captures artists as the working people that they are.  This exhibition will be the first time that the series has been exhibited to the public, 150 images from this ongoing body of work will be on display. 

Additional images from this series can be seen online here: 

Camilo Cruz: Theater of Souls


Photo copyright by Camilo Cruz
















An employee in the Los Angeles court system, Camilo Cruz is a witness to people at the mercy of system driven attorneys; toddlers crawling unattended on marble floors; sheriff deputies flirting with teenage girls.  These and other scenes are simultaneously beautiful and circus-like, emotional and compelling. 

His position in the court allows access to the people and environment that are contained within our nation’s system of justice.  As a photographer, Cruz makes images that explore the intense psychological and social experiences of this powerful space. By doing this, He reveals the dialectical forces of power and helplessness we all feel while engaging with the
institutional forces of our society. 

Nicholas Grider: Soldiers and a Sailor


Photo copyright by Nicholas Grider
















The work that comprises Soldiers, Marines and a Sailor consists of two bodies of portraits of US military service members. The first series, titled Soldiers and Marines, consists of a diptych portrait of U.S. Army Soldiers and an accompanying grid of portraits of U.S. Marines. 

The second set of portraits, nearly the opposite of Soldiers in terms of their scope, is called A Sailor and consists of portraits of the artist’s father taken by fellow sailors while he served in the Navy during the Korean War. These small black and white portraits, overlaid with the text written on the back of the originals, allow room for a loose narrative of what life during wartime was like for the artist’s own father sixty years ago and provide a historical counterpoint to the full-color, up-close contemporary portraits from the series Soldiers and Marines. 

Exhibition Dates: July 11 – August 29, 2010
Opening Reception: Sunday, July 11, 2-5pm

Angels Gate Cultural Center is located at:
3601 South Gaffey Street
San Pedro, CA 90731

Gallery Hours: 10am – 5pm, Tuesday – Sunday  


By Jim McKinniss

Black & White Digital Processing Workshop

Posted in Photography by vogelart on July 3, 2010

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