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

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Focus on LALOP pier photographer ANN MITCHELL

Ann Mitchell, whose two SX-70 photographs are in the show, announces that her Austin Val Verde project will be the inaugural exhibition at the newly re-opened Long Beach Playhouse Gallery. Featuring 18 images, the show will run from March 28th - May 2nd in conjunction with the romantic comedy "Sabrina Fair" by Samuel Taylor.

Ann's book from the project: "Austin Val Verde: Impressions of a Montecito Masterpiece," published by Balcony Press was reviewed by Doug Stockdale, March 24th on "The Photo Book".
Check out Ann's website for more photographs of this historic Montecito estate and other of Ann's imagery. Working with 4x5 Polaroid negative film, Ann has created emotional images as she pursues her photographic interests in structures and how we interact with our environments. (all images © 2008 Ann Mitchell).

Ann is also the former department head of Long Beach Community College's Art Department where she continues as Professor and LBCC Photography Program Coordinator. Together with her faculty, Ann has created PhotoFest@LBCC. This second year of 4 days of free photography-related events takes place in early April.

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