Founded in 2002 by Martin Elkort, David Schulman & David Stork and modeled after the renowned New York Photo League, the mission of the Los Angeles League of Photographers (LALOP) is to expose the wider public to photography's essential social, political, and aesthetic values while forming a network of working fine art, street and commercial photographers who join together to discuss, debate and review photography, share and critique work, and organize photographic exhibitions about the greater Los Angeles community in all of its diversity.

LALOP 's most recent exhibitions are as follows:
2009 LALOP AT THE PIER, A Santa Monica Pier Centennial Exhibition at the historic Carousel on the Pier
2007 WITHOUT A PADDLE PART I, Mama's Hot Tamales Gallery, LA
2007 WITHOUT A PADDLE, PART II, Downbeat Cafe/Gallery, LA
WITHOUT A PADDLE was a series of exhibitions in downtown Los Angeles organized to mobilize support for the restoration of the historic paddleboat operations on the Echo Park and MacArthur Park lakes. LALOP worked with community organizations to garner publicity and strength with the result that the Los Angeles City Department of Parks & Recreation decided to include these operations again in their budget.
See "Paddleboat Economics" Los Angeles Weekly
2006 EVERYDAY L.A, Metro Gallery, LA
2004 SITE-SEEN: LOS ANGELES, I-5 Gallery, Brewery Arts Complex, LA
See "A collective focus on L.A." Los Angeles Times

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Focus on LALOP pier photographer CINDY BENDAT

Cindy Bendat is co-curating and participating in the LALOP at the Pier exhibit. Some of her photographs of the Santa Monica Pier are also included in the recently published book Santa Monica Pier—A Century On The Last Great Pleasure Pier written by James Harris.

Commenting about the Pier:
I live in the city of Santa Monica, and the Santa Monica Pier is its most important symbol. While the Pier has gone through many changes through its 100 years of existence, it remains as originally intended: a place for people to enjoy the ocean, to revel in the views, and to have fun. In conjunction with the book project, I found myself photographing the Pier from many unique and wonderful vantage points, including from a Cessna airplane, a Harbor Patrol boat, the Pacific Park Ferris wheel, and even from a moving roller coaster. I was able to spend time on the Pier, enjoying the sunlight and the ocean, as its builders envisioned.

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