photo l.a. – a look at the complexity the photographic future faces
photo l.a. this year presented an excellent snapshot of the changing face of photography. It also seemed to be an evolutionary step forward. With 60,000 sq. feet of space at their disposal in their new home at the L.A. Mart, the show was divided into sections that featured schools, vendors of services for photographers, emerging photographers, antique processes, photographic installations and work that straddles the lines between photography and art. All this in the midst of thousands of “traditional” pictures from hundreds of artists and many collectors making the rounds to see what was new.
L.A. is a photographers town. They show up here by the hundreds, to see their friends, to see the new work, to connect with galleries and to renew their desire to make pictures. With so many photographers in the room, it is only natural that companies that cater to them have started to appear here to make connections and offer services. Well known LA based companies like production services supplier Quixote and newcomers like aesthesia were ranged at one side of the room. Down a nearby aisle, analog process supporter Freestyle showed papers and color management tools. Schools were well represented showing the work of their students and there were booths with non-profits and contest winners on the walls. All in all, a chance to see a slice of photographic life as well as a chance to see many of the current trends in photography in the context of the work from which it has sprung. Here’s a look at some of the things seen on the floor this weekend. In the next installment, we will take a look at current photographic trends.
January 16-19, 2014
Los Angeles, CA