LA’s Longest Running Art Fair Nails Another Year of Stunning Photography

With a global and historical eye, photo l.a. celebrates its 26th year of impeccable images.
January 14, 2017, 5:15am
Georgia O’Keeffe, Taos Pueblo, NM, 1960, ©Tony Vaccaro. Image courtesy Monroe Gallery of Photography

Established as an easygoing forum for artists, galleries, and collectors to discuss their shared interest for photography, an LA showcase has evolved into a cultural touchpoint nearly three decades in the running. Now, as an all-star attraction for international connoisseurs and enthusiasts, photo l.a.’s 26th presentation unveils new and old prints.

In a black and white print from TIME photographer Grey Villet, Richard and Mildred Loving, whose story is brought to life in the Mike Nichols’ 2016 award-nominated movie Loving, casually lay in each others’ embrace.


Tony Vaccaro’s photograph of Georgia O’Keefe displaying a red-and-yellow painting from her Pelvis series captures the abstract artist in her beloved state of New Mexico. The image captures a time when O’Keefe was making pilgrimages to the Southwest more and more frequently. Her exploration of space, the negative and positive attributes of convex and concave curves, is a major aesthetic topic in her Pelvis paintings.

Highlighting close to 80 galleries, the large-scale and expanded nature of the photo fair caters to a gloablized voice as more and more artists join the show’s ranks. Claudia James Bartlett, photo l.a.’s director describes the show’s intent "to continue engaging and supporting the international community" and cultivating new audiences.

Richard and Mildred Loving on their couch, King and Queen County, Virginia, 1965, ©Grey Villet. Image courtesy Monroe Gallery of Photography

SWIMM 11 ‘Swimm’ series, 2016, Maria Svarbova ( Slovakia). Archival pigment print. Image courtesy of Momentum Gallery

David Bowie, “The Man Who Fell To Earth”, New Mexico, 1975, ©Steve Schapiro. Image courtesy Monroe Gallery of Photography

John Belushi, 1981, Los Angeles, Norman Seeff Photos. 16 x 20 in, vintage silver gelatin

Photo l.a.’s 26th exhibit will take place inside The Reef in the LA Mart, and show until January 15, 2017. Purchase your tickets, here.


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