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January 4, 2008


New Location to Accommodate More Art, Larger Crowds During Golden Globes Week

Legendary Architecture Photographer Julius Shulman to Be Honored at Opening Night Reception January 10 to Benefit Photography Dept. of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

photo l.a. 2008, the 17th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition and the largest exhibition of its kind in the United States, will take place January 10-13, 2008. To accommodate its expanded size, the expo will now be held at Barker Hangar, located at 3021 Airport Avenue within the Santa Monica Airport complex. The 35,000 square foot Barker Hangar event space will allow for larger booths and an improved lighting system, producing a clean, modern backdrop against which to display more photo-based art (including digital and video) than ever before. Barker Hangar also will comfortably accommodate in excess of 10,000 people - a necessity as photo l.a. has become one of the country's most popular art fairs and will coincide with Golden Globes week.


Thursday, January 10, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

photo l.a. 2008’s opening night reception at Barker Hangar will welcome to Los Angeles the new department head and Curator of Photography at LACMA, Charlotte Cotton; honor renowned architectural photographer Julius Shulman; and benefit the Photography Department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Tickets to the opening benefit reception are $80 (price includes a one-day pass to the show) and are available at the door or in advance. To order tickets, write to photola@lacma.org or call (323) 932-5846.


Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 12, noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 13, noon to 6:00 p.m.

photo l.a. will feature the finest photographic art on display and for sale, from the earliest 19th-Century photographic experiments to the most contemporary photography and photo-based art, exhibited by seventy of the world’s leading galleries and private dealers representing international and U.S. artists. The exhibition will take place at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport located at 3021 Airport Avenue. Tickets are $20 for a one-day pass and $30 for a three-day pass, available for purchase at the door or in advance. Members of the Writers Guild of America are eligible for a free one-day pass. AARP and student discounts are available with valid I.D.


Friday, January 11, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Center will host a portfolio viewing of the work of 75 emerging and cutting-edge photographers on the cusp of wider recognition at Santa Monica Art Studios located at 3026 Airport Avenue in Santa Monica (across the street from photo l.a.). Open to the public with a $15 suggested donation. For additional information, call (505) 984.8353 or go to http://www.visitcenter.org/.


A diverse array of lectures and seminars will be held in conjunction with photo l.a. 2008.

Friday, January 11 through Sunday, January 13, 10:00 a.m.

Prospective buyers can take advantage of three collecting seminars—guided tours of the exhibition held before public hours and led by Charlotte Cotton (January 11), Dale Stulz (January 12) and John Bennette (January 13). A 3-day pass is included in the $80 fee (per person/per seminar). Enrollment is limited and reservations must be made in advance. Collecting seminars will be held at the Barker Hangar.

Saturday, January 12

LACMA will highlight the extraordinary range of contemporary photography in Los Angeles by curating a series of one-on-one conversations with artists including Charles Gaines and Andrea Bowers (12:00 p.m.), Charlie White and Jeff Burton (1:15 p.m.), Judy Fiskin and John Divola (2:30 p.m.), Ken Gonzales-Day and Connie Samaras (3:45 p.m.), and James Welling and Mark Wyse (5:00 p.m.). The Conversations with Artists series of lectures is co-sponsored with LACMA and is free to the public. The Conversations will take place at the Ruskin Group Theatre Co. located at 3000 Airport Avenue in Santa Monica.

Sunday, January 13

Book collector and gallery owner Paul Kopeikin will lead a panel discussion devoted to books on photography at 11:00 a.m. Also, exhibition honoree Julius Shulman will engage in a thought-provoking conversation with Wim DeWitt at a time to be announced. The ticket price for the Conversation with Julius Shulman, as well the Sunday morning seminar on book collecting, will be $10. Both events will take place at the Ruskin Group Theatre Co. located at 3000 Airport Avenue in Santa Monica.

For additional information on photo l.a. 2008, the opening benefit reception, affiliated lectures and seminars, locations of events, and advance ticket sales, visit www.artfairsinc.com.