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Photo LA Starts Tomorrow at the Santa Monica Civic Center

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Photo LA--the 19th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition--starts tomorrow with an opening night reception and runs thru Sunday (Jan. 14-17) at the Santa Monica Civic Center. Photographer David LaChapelle and actor/photographer Chris Lowell are hosting tomorrow night's opening reception that will benefit LACMA's Wallis Annenberg Photography Department.

It's one of the leading photo-based events in the country, with lectures, seminars, exhibits and numerous galleries exhibiting the work of hundreds of photo artists. Highlights of this year's expo include:

  • A preview installation of the upcoming Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) exhibition, Changing the Focus: Latin American Photography (1990-2005), the first survey exhibition to be presented in the LA area of Latin American photography and photo-based art generated between 1990 and 2005.
  • 21st Editions: Limited-edition volumes and books--including Love, Graham Nash,, reproductions of original lyrics for 17 of his song lyrics accompanied by 21 bound and nine signed free-standing photographs--will be for sale. There are only 50 copies available of Nash's book, signed by Nash, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Neil Young. Cost? Only $9,000 each.
  • Phase One of the La Brea Matrix project makes its debut. Produced by The Lapis Press and Schaden.com, it explores the complex relationship between art photographers on both sides of the Atlantic. At the center of the project is La Brea, Stephen Shore‘s iconic 1975 photo of the La Brea/Beverly intersection. Six art photographers from Germany (Jens Liebchen, Max Regenberg, Oliver Sieber, Olaf Unverzart, Robert Voit and Janko Woltersmann) have accepted an invitation to Los Angeles as part of an artist-in-residence program in 2009 and 2010 to search for photographic points of reference to this iconic picture.

Tickets to the opening benefit are $75 and includes cocktails and light appetizers. Daily passes are $20 and three-day passes are $30. There are a number of private tours offered throughout the weekend, too.

Photo LA
Santa Monica Civic Center
1855 Main St., Santa Monica
Jan. 15-16 from 11 am-7 pm
Jan. 17 from 11 am-6 pm
Opening night benefit tomorrow (Jan. 14) at 6-9 pm