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Los Angeles Center of Photography : The Year of Gratitude and Hope : Fundraising Gala and Auction 2021 – Mona Kuhn is the honoree for the 2021 Stieglitz Award


On Saturday, October 2 at 5:00PM PST, the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) will host its annual Fundraising Gala and Auction 2021, this year titled “The Year of Gratitude and Hope.” The virtual event will take place in an exciting and immersive online environment hosted by actor Ben Giroux. The evening will include special guests – including actor and photographer Norman Reedus. Also during the Gala, LACP will be auctioning noteworthy experiences, including a portrait sitting with Mona Kuhn via Charity Buzz.

Mona Kuhn is the honoree for the 2021 Stieglitz Award, which will be presented to her by LACMA’s Curator of Photography Rebecca Morse. Established in 2020, this award was created to honor an extremely accomplished member of the photographic community – someone who continually gives back to the community, to emerging photographers, to students, and to the LACP. Mona Kuhn is best known for her large-scale photographs of the human form. She is considered a leading artist in the world of figurative discourse. An underlaying current among Kuhn’s works is her reflection on humanity’s longing for spiritual connection and solidarity.

Gala guests and auction viewers will be invited to peruse a virtual gallery of extraordinary photographs from artists, galleries and institutions, can hear artists talking about their work.

Bidding to support LACP will be available worldwide via Artsy from September 20 – October 4 at

Among the more than 150 notable artists and institutions who’ve donated to this year’s auction are: Sam Abell, Jeff Bridges, Alejandro Cartagena, Keith Carter, Lynn Goldsmith, Greg Gorman, Lois Greenfield, Pamela Hanson, Michael Kenna, David Hume Kennerly, Douglas Kirkland, Gerd Ludwig, Joe McNally, Sheila Metzner, Arno Minniken, Graham Nash, Ruth Orkin Foundation, Herb Ritts Foundation, Rose Gallery, Josephine Sacabo, Susan Spiritus Gallery, Aline Smithson, Art Streiber, Ami Vitale, Ellen Von Unwerth, and many more.

An exhibition of Mona Kuhn’s work and a selection of auction photographs will be on view at LACP’s Culver City Gallery, 5566 West Washington Blvd. from Tuesday, September 7th through October 7th, 2021. Please call for hours or an appointment at 323-464-0909.

This year’s host committee are: Angela Janklow & Jeff Stein, Anne Crawford & Dudley DeZonia, Dana Brockman, Donald De Line, Eric Buterbaughm, Jared Harris & Allegra Riggio, Lisa Edelstein & Robert Russell, Rose Apodaca, and Rufus Wainwright.

The sponsors are: Corporate: LA Art Show; Individual: Ian Stewart, Lance Tendler, The Shulman Family Foundation, Victoria Pynchon

For more than 22 years LACP has continued to build a community of dedicated photographers while nurturing the importance of photography as an art form by providing classes, workshops, exhibitions, portfolio reviews, mentorships, lectures and events for photographers of all ages, interests and skill levels. Until the pandemic hit, LACP also offered weekly after-school classes focused on underserved youth through the LA county Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Los Angeles.

To purchase tickets:


Los Angeles Center of Photography

5566 Washington Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90016







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