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

Saturday, July 25, 2009

News From LALOP Photographers

From Cindy Bendat:
My work will be included in the group exhibition "It's Still Life" at RayKo Photo Gallery in San Francisco. The opening is on Friday August 7th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. RayKo is located at 428 3rd Street in San Francisco. The exhibit runs through September 22, 2009.

I will be showing a 2008 photograph taken in New Orleans, part of my "Club Desire" portfolio. Club Desire was an important music club in the 1940s and 1950s--jazz and rhythm and blues greats played there, including Louie Armstrong, Fats Domino, Count Basie, Billie Holliday, and a young Ray Charles. Devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, this historic Club now lies in a state of total destruction.

Photographs in the Club Desire portfolio serve as a a prime and poignant illustration of the unfinished work and the continuing need for resources to rebuild New Orleans. Community members would like to save this piece of history by turning Club Desire into a community center. A portion of the sales of images from this portfolio benefit organizations working to rebuild New Orleans.

In addition, for those who have not yet seen it, my work is included in the "Beach Stories" exhibit at the Annenberg Community Beach House at 415 Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica. That exhibit is up through September 30th.

From former member, Lever Rukhin, who has moved away from Los Angeles: "Hoping to see you at my show at Look Gallery, opening 30 July (6-9pm), 1933 S. Broadway, Space 111, LA 90007."

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