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

Monday, May 18, 2009

Busy, Busy LALOP Photographers

1. Well, always Doug McCulloh. With his eight (8!!!!) shows, here's what's going on now:

The Blind Photography show: the media is swarming. Check out: A 12 minute piece -- "Blind Photography" for NPR: KPCC's Offramp and an article posted on Time.com, "The Art and Heart of Blind Photographers."

On May 30, perhaps we'll all mosey down to Riverside for Dream Street Inaugural Exhibition
Riverside Art Museum, California for Doug's Artist's Reception and Book Signing: Saturday May 30, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
(April 27 - June 13)

2. Ann Mitchell also sends in the following: "The first showing of my American Triptychs will be held at Gallery 478 this June in San Pedro. The Artist's Reception will be part of San Pedro's 1st Thursday Art Galleries and Studios Art Walk, June 4th from 6-9pm. Gallery 478: 478 W. 7th Street, San Pedro 310-732-2150 Hours: Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

American Triptych started in 2005 as a previous project (Val Verde) was ending. I would drive to Montecito on the 126 highway, which connects the 5 fwy with the 101 fwy. This route cuts through the farmlands of Santa Paula and Piru and until the recent urban sprawl you could imagine you were in the California of the 1960's - all orange trees and sleepy towns. Piru is where the project started, but Cabazon, Indio and the wind farms of the east 10 fwy soon joined it. The imagery is about a uniquely American vernacular, our visual history and language. In each town I've tried to create one image, which captures what I feel that town is about - or maybe, what it used to be about.

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