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

Friday, July 17, 2009

Julius Shulman 1910-2009

All of us in Los Angeles owe a debt to the photography of Julius Shulman who died at the age of 98, Wednesday night, 15 July 2009.

His sense of light, drama and creating a perfect moment in his architectural photography captured Los Angeles brilliantly. For those of us who grew up here, his photographs published in the Los Angeles Times, the Herald-Examiner and many other publications brought us into the age of art, architecture and the stunning living spaces and lives for which LA is known. He documented the history of this city through its buildings and urban planning (see his photographs of the transition of downtown Los Angeles from the victorian houses on Bunker Hill to the first tall office buildings), especially those of the modernist era.

He inspired so many of us not only with his work but with his presence at openings and other places where photographers might be, even at this year's Spring opening of the Annenberg Space for Photography. An exhibit of his work, some created with Juergen Nogai, is presently up at Craig Krull Gallery at Bergamot Station (Santa Monica), through August 22.

The LA Times obituary is at http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-julius-shulman17-2009jul17,0,1393680.story

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