Photo L.A. took a year off and transitioned from Stephen Cohen’s directorship to Claudia James-Bartlett, the new head of the fair. James-Bartlett worked hard to reinvigorate the Los Angeles classic photography exposition, which is the longest running art fair west of the Hudson River. First off, she moved the event to the brilliantly lit Barker Hanger venue and attracted many new potent galleries to participate. In doing so, she created a master-work, a truly world-class photography event.
All my old friends, like Dianne Arbus, Joel-Peter Witkin, and Robert Mapplethorpe were there and some breathtaking contemporary international work, too. Scores of new galleries, thought-provoking amazing seminars, and a special docent tour by Getty photography curator, Paul Martineau, dazzled fairgoers.
This year Photo L.A. honored JoAnn Callis. A central figure in Southern California photography since the 1970s. A tribute in memoriam was staged for Jean Ferro, who pioneered a women’s movement in photography. Photo L.A.can look toward a bright future and light the way for the Los Angeles photographic community.