This year's PhotoLA was held at the venerable Santa Monica Civic Auditorium near the beaches of Santa Monica Bay. A five-day event, it offered works on display from 35 galleries and included a lecture series. I attended both the lecture on Vivian Maier and Stephen Shore' s talk on his career. The Maier lecture reminded me that critics are not photographers and seldom truly understand the process, - and that curators are to be commended for performing a very difficult task requiring a solid understanding of the history of photography.
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