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Photo LA 2010

This was my first time to Photo LA, located at the Santa Monica Civic center, the place was packed and had lots of great works of art / photography to see on display – with most being for sale.  The floor space was divided into booth / galleries were representatives of each groups of artisit work could be shown, discussed and sold.  The following are artists work that I found attracted my attention or engaged my senses in some manner, basically forced me to stop and inspect.  This of course doesn’t cover all the work at Photo LA 2010 and is just my assessment of what drew my eye.  That being said there was some much to see it was a little bit of sensory overload…lol (please excuse the iPhone photos just wanted to show samples of each artists work):

Haley Jane Samuelson

Haley Jane Samuelson's work @ Photo LA 2010

Haley Jane Samuelson’s work really drew my eyes as I passed her display. Her photos with the start darker tones of the environments and her subject placement spoke on some level to me of simple elegance, with a dash of innocence, where you might not think to find it. For a further look at Jane’s work check out her site: http://www.haleyjsamuelson.com/

Olaf Otto Becker

Olaf Otto Becker's Work @ Photo LA 2010

The next aritist’s work that just floored me seeing it in print was Olaf Otto Becker’s work in particular his Iceberg Rodeboy, Greenland work. The clam nature of the screen the graduated tones of simple earthly colors were just lovely to see in print. To see more of Olaf’s work check out his website: http://www.olafottobecker.de/

Virginia Beachan & Laura Mcphee

Virginia Beachan & Laura Mcphee's work @ Photo LA 2010

Another artist which has mastered the art of capturing water in motion, through long exposures is the work of Virginia Beachan & Laura Mcphee’s work on the RoseGallery. The series is just pure art and I loved just staring at the photos try to look into the scene for ever nuance. To see the full RoseGallery series you head over to the RoseGallery website: http://www.rosegallery.net/index.php#mi=2&pt=1&pi=10000&s=0&a=4&p=0&at=2

Nick Brandt

Nick Brandt's Work @ Photo LA 2010

The work of Nick Brandt should be known to everyone who enjoys photography by now. I’ve seen his Africa works grace the apges of many magazines and his books but to see them life size hanging on a wall at the Photo-Eye Gallery was truly inspiring my 3 year old just loved the lions, elephants and giraffes in his photos and the treatments which looked great in magazines looked even better on hanging display. To see more of Nick’s work check out his site:

http://www.nickbrandt.com/

David Trautrims

David Trautrims's work @ Photo LA 2010

The work of David Trautrims Spy Frost Project 2009 – was just simply amazing. In particular to hear that this photographer used “everyday items” to create structures that he could composite into his landscapes, as larger than life objects within those scenes was fantastic to behold. All I could say is wow I could stand there all day and just go over each scene trying to understand the correlations or even trying to decipher the exact nature of the objects themselves. The seamlessness of his composite work is just beautiful to behold. Check out more of his work at his website:

http://www.trautrimas.ca/art.html

Richard Barnes

Richard Barnes's work display @ Photo LA 2010

Also in the Photo-Eye Gallery booth was the work of Richard Barnes’s Murmur series. I was transfixed by this photographers eye and patience to watch “super” flocks of birds in motion, capturing them as they essentially created art across Richard’s canvas. To see more of Richard’s work including his Animal Logic series check out his website: http://www.richardbarnes.net/

Camille Seaman

Camille Seaman's work displayed @ Photo LA 2010

Another artisit who seemed to love water and icebergs but beautifully worked magic is the vision of Camille Seaman. In particular the piece “Grand Pinnacle Iceberg”, Greenland caught my attention at the show. To see more of Camille’s work check it out at:

http://www.camilleseaman.com/Artist.asp?ArtistID=3258&Akey=WX679BJN

Mark Laita's work on display @ Photo LA 2010

Mark Laita's work on display @ Photo LA 2010

Another artist that seemed a huge display of his work was Mark Laita and his Created Equal series, the portraits displaying light sepia tones, weathered/ worn real life subjects in dramatic lighting set against their opposites attracted a lot of attention besides my own. It was tough to getting the area to see his work but being that they were on display in very large prints helped out. The body of work was truly inspirational to see. To see more of Mark’s work in p check out his site but, I noticed the Created Equal series wasn’t on there, it might be that it is in print so I provided two both links: http://www.marklaita.com/ & http://www.amazon.com/Mark-Laita-Created-Ingrid-Sischy/dp/3865217095

Tony Duran

Last but not least was a set of work that really stood out on massive display, that of Tony Duran. His fashion / portraiture work with the likes of Sandra Bullock and others was just fantastic, all in black & white his working of tones within his images really gave them a great contrast and 3-Dimension look in print. I loved them, even his more shocking work (like The Porn Room 3) display in the gallery either shocked you into looking away or into taking a further inspection…. loved it. I did not take any photos of this display but you can see more of Tony’s work via his site:

http://www.tonyduran.net/index2.php?v=v1

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