- Daren DeFrank
Photography as an art form is a relatively new medium. It has the unique ability to suspend a moment instantly as well as transport viewers back to the time and place the photo was shot. The lens grants artists the power to create their own vision in hard copy. With the ability to capture the entire world, photography’s allure is endless. Here we profile the best galleries to experience phenomenal photography in Los Angeles.
The G2 Gallery was founded in 2008 and is not only award-winning, but it’s also unique in many ways. The gallery is filled with nature and wildlife-based content. Their goal is to facilitate change by using the power of photography to shed light on environmental issues. The gallery serves as a platform for distinguished nature and wildlife photographers from around the world. Not only are the photographs beautiful and compelling works of art, but the proceeds are donated to environmental charities. Along with a wide range of exhibits the gallery also offers lectures, film screenings, and special events. Many of these events are based on a partnership with local conservation and educational groups.
The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA, USA +1 310 452 2842
For almost ten years now drkrm has been an exhibition space that specializes in the unconventional. It began as a black-and-white lab that was concentrated on silver-gelatin hand-printing and hand-processing, a technique almost extinct with the start of the digital age. After expanding as an exhibition space, drkrm continued to focus on the unique and avant-garde. The exhibits specialize in documentary and photojournalist work as well as fine art photography and alternative processes. Curator John Matkowsky doesn’t shy away from unspoken issues that push beyond the boundary of comfort. The gallery operates under a core belief in giving exposure to artists not typically displayed in a gallery format, including obscure work from established photographers as well. For example, the gallery presented the first public presentation of never-before-seen photographs of internationally renowned artist Gronk.
drkrm, 727 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 213 239 0361
Annenberg Space for Photography
This venue started as an initiative of the Annenberg Foundation. The Annenberg Space for Photography also boasts the title of the first purely photographic cultural destination in the Los Angeles-area helping to create a new model in the photography world. The gallery presents high-definition digital along with traditional print photos. Founder Wallis Annenberg believes that ‘Photography is one of the most accessible and personal forms of art.’ The product is art that influences people to make positive contributions to the world, which serves the community. Currently on exhibition is REFUGEE which brings together five acclaimed artists from around the world to explore the lives of people forced from their homes and displaced around the globe. Globally over 60 million people have been displaced according to the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. The display features photographs taken in: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Colombia, Croatia, Germany, Greece, Mexico, Myanmar, Serbia, Slovenia, and the United States. The show runs through August 21st and could be disturbing to some viewers.
Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars #10, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 213 403 3000
Spend a day out in Santa Monica at Gallery Luisotti. The gallery space concentrates on a more target style and period of photography. Its main focus is the different aesthetic developments that materialized during the 1970s. The exhibits put an emphasis on landscape and non-narrative photos. Non-narrative photography is the beauty of the image without an added story element to the work. This style really began with the ‘New Topographics’ exhibition in New York in 1975, which presented landscape photographs devoid of any artistic frills and displayed the terrain in a stripped-down raw nature. Currently on display is Dents and Abrasions by Jon Divola. The exhibition is centered around the scars and marks left on abandoned places. Hurry in – this exhibit only runs until May 21st.
Gallery Luisotti, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA, USA +1 310 453 0043
A gallery by any other name would still smell as sweet? Probably not considering the ROSEGALLERY is internationally recognized gallery. Founded in 1991 by Rose Shoshana the gallery consists of 20th and 21st century works on paper. The space is located in Santa Monica in the Bergamot Station Arts Center, and the gallery has a passion for art preservation. The mission is to ensure the ongoing development and presentation of art collections. Along with the bi-monthly exhibitions, the gallery participates in the community by taking part in art fairs both stateside and internationally.
ROSEGALLERY, Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue G5, Santa Monica, CA, USA +1 310 264 8440
Peter Fetterman Gallery
Also located in Bergamot Station at the Santa Monica Center of the Arts is the Peter Fetterman Gallery. The gallery was started by the owner of the same namesake who has been passionate about photography as an art medium for over 30 years. After starting his career as a filmmaker and collector, he was one of the first tenants at Bergamot Station. The space houses one of the largest inventories of classic 20th century photography in the country. Be sure to check out their specialty of humanist photographs. Works include famous artists such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Ansel Adams, Jeffrey Conley, and Sebastião Salgado (whose work is on exhibition now through June). Fetterman and his staff are dedicated to creating an appreciation of art through the powerful medium of photography.
Peter Fetterman Gallery, Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue A1, Santa Monica, CA, USA +1 310 453 6463
If you’re an art lover who craves choice and variety, look no further than the expansive collection at the Fahey/Klein Gallery. The gallery has over 8,000 photographs in stock and the website includes over 10,000 images. The work comes in all genres including portraits, landscapes, still-life, and reportage and contemporary. Every five weeks the gallery posts two-person exhibitions. This gallery is truly a global enterprise. Along with the curated shows in the Los Angeles venue, many personnel members curate between 15 – 20 fine art exhibitions for museums and galleries around the world. The space itself is considerable with a size of 3,800 square feet. Co-owner David Fahey has used his expertise for the craft not only to create immersive gallery space but has edited and contributed to the production over 65 photographic publications. The release is often coordinated with the release of publications at a correlated exhibit. Come visit this gallery that is big on content.
Fahey/Klein Gallery, 148 North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 323 934 2250
Art is not only there to be adored and invoke emotion, but it is also meant to create a conversation. This ideal is especially true at the Kopeikin Gallery. The venue promotes itself as an easily accessible place where there is a free flow of discussion and information. During a walk through the space, you are likely to hear different whispers of conversation about the photographic monographs and art as a whole. They have the ability to obtain any photograph despite the current inventory. The gallery is also available to the community for private functions, showings, and filming.
Kopeikin Gallery, 2766 South La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 310 559 0800
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
The Los Angeles Center for Digital Art is located in the area known as gallery row. The center focuses on digital art in the contemporary area. Dedicated to spreading photography, new media, video, and interactive media, the center encapsulates the forward-thinking blend of using science to create art. This hybrid is the basis of photography itself. The center has an ongoing array of exhibits in the gallery and is known to include international works. However the space is also dedicated to supporting the local community art scene by giving exposure to Los Angeles area artists. Outside of the LACDA space, they are involved with curating digital exhibits at institutions and festivals.
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, 104 East Fourth Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 213 629 1102
Throw away the typical photo gallery experience the Photographers Gallery. Space Magazine described the space as, ‘an invigorating departure from the traditional art gallery.’ The gallery has a variety of works and also has a big online presence so the art can be purchased all across the globe. The laundry list of feature artists also keeps the vibe young, fresh, and evolving. Featured works are from photographers Slim Aarons, Janek Sedlar, and Sam Gallagher. Be sure to check out this gallery for some new prints to create your own gallery at home.
Photographers Gallery, 145A North La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, USA +1 323 938 8000