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Faces in The Crowd: Photo L.A. Opening Night


Written and photographed by Andy Romanoff

A newly refreshed Photo L.A. returned to Los Angeles for its 27thyear when it opened Thursday night at the Barker Hanger. Since taking over the show last year Claudia James Bartlett has made a lot of changes, all intended to bring back higher end dealers as well as gather some new ones and in general to cut the clutter and raise the quality of the images on display. It looks to me like she has succeeded. This year’s event featured over sixty local and international galleries including nine from China! From the fleeting glimpses I got there was a lot of good and interesting work on the walls. I wandered the halls last night saying hello to old friends and visiting galleries, some who were new to me as well as some that were returning after being away for a few years. Overall, the show felt very good, a positive experience to be immersed in pictures again.

Opening night is no time to look seriously at the pictures, the crowds are too thick, there are too many people to say hello to, and there are too many conversations I have to have. So instead of a fragmentary report, I made a few pictures of friends I ran into as I wandered the aisles. Here are a few memories of the evening.

Andy Romanoff

Andy Romanoff photography –


Artist and gallery information

Photo L.A. –

Cheryl Walsh –

Gloria Ortiz – Venice Arts –

Stephen Cohen –

Victor Landweber –

Duncan Miller –

Sarah Hadley –

Lisa McCord –

  1. K. Lavin –

Marian Crostic –

Bootsy Holler –

Building Bridges Art Exchange –

Scot Sothern –

Kopeikin –

Zhang Hui – Sipa USA –

Richard Chow –

A&I –

Cascadia Art Museum –

Drkrm/Drkrm editions –

Tami Bahat –

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