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

Sunday, July 12, 2009

PaddleBoats Again

In 2007, LALOP played a major role in resurrecting the paddle-boat operations at Echo Park and MacArthur Park Lakes by bringing attention to the paddle-boat plight by photographing the parks and lakes and exhibiting in two exhibitions. It worked then.

But in the vagaries of the city budget and in this historically difficult time, the operations are to be closed again. It is sad that this quiet, simple recreation that appeals to all ages and budgets must be closed but LALOP fervently hopes that the City will see its way to soon review the more than century old recreation.

We loved the boats and we loved our exhibits. We'll jump in again in a better time should the need arise.

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