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If you are in the Los Angeles area in the next few weeks you should stop by the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) to check out their 9th annual Snap to the Grid un-juried exhibit.  Unlike the standard juried exhibit where only a few make the cut, this exhibit is open to all.  If you can upload your image to the gallery (and pay a small entrance fee) your digital art will be printed on 8.5 x 11 stock and hung on the wall at the Snap to the Grid exhibit.  It may be the art gallery equivalent of Flickr where anyone can post just about anything.  Or it may be a chance to expose your work to the ultimate critic, the public.  Either way, it is a unique concept and potentially an opportunity to be seen beyond the internet and get a foot in the door as they say.

Here are the details:

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art

102 West Fifth Street on the Southwest corner of Main and Spring

January 10 – February 2, 2013

If you go, see if you can find my image and let me know.  I’m not sure I will make it out to LA to get to see this, my first “gallery showing.”

The Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ has a new exhibit opening this weekend titled “Made In Arizona: Photographs from the Collection.”  The exhibit celebrates Arizona’s centennial as well as her photographers by featuring a selection of images created in Arizona over the last 100 years.  It runs from August 18th through November 25th, Monday through Friday 9 to 5.  Admission to the exhibit is free.

It’s not every day that you get a peek into the world of a brutal and secretive regime.  But with said regimes falling more and more these days the vaults are being cracked open and what do you know, dictators like to keep records.  Photographic records in particular.  One such photo collection has been reviewed and archived by Human Rights Watch and will go on display in London at the London Festival of Photography.  Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s photography archives will be on display for you to explore and gain some insight into his 40 years of rule of Libya.  You can read more about the archives and see a selection of the 1000’s of photographs in the online version of the British Journal of Photography if you aren’t able to make it to London for the Festival of Photography.

Tamron, the lens manufacturer, has developed a cool website and app that lets you design and set up your own virtual photography exhibit.  My Photo Exhibits is a unique way to share your photography with friends, family and the world.  After you sign up for an account you can start designing your exhibition.  Your gallery starts as a blank canvas and you select the details.  Start with the ceiling; Vaulted?  Modern?  Industrial?  Then pick your wall texture and flooring.  Add some furniture and you are all set to begin the installation of your exhibit.   The photo upload tool is very simple and allows up to 14 images per gallery show.  Once you have them uploaded you arrange them on the 4 walls of your gallery space.  Next add the final touches, frames if you like, and titles and descriptions for each photo.  Et voila, you have your own 3-D virtual SoHo photography exhibit to invite your family and friends to.  Being a social media application you can of course share your exhibit directly to Facebook and Twitter for all your fans to Ooooh and Ahhhh over.  And then download the mobile version to take your show on the road.

This isn’t rocket science or going to save the world.  But it is a fun and unique way to display your photography, especially for those of us who haven’t gotten a true New York gallery show just yet.

Check out the Still Life exhibit I put together.

Added bonus: Tamron had contests based around specific exhibit themes.  They are currently running one for travel photography.  Build your 3D exhibit with your travel photography (taken with a Tamron lens of course) and get a chance to win one of 5 Tamron lenses.

If you are a fan of modern architecture or architectural photography chances are good you have heard of, or at least seen, Julius Shulman’s work.  Shulman was an architectural photographer who documented the growth of Los Angeles predominantly in the 1950’s and 60’s.  One of his most well known photographs is of the Case Study House #22 (aka the Stahl House).  But that was just one of thousands of images Shulman took of the architecture of LA.  And now those black and white photographs have inspired New York artist Amy Park.  She has taken several of Shulman’s photographs and reproduced them in large scale color with watercolor.

Park’s Shulman inspired watercolors will be on exhibit at the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles through July 7th.

For more information on Julius Shulman’s work try the documentary “Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman.”  There are also a lot of great books featuring his work such as:

Julius Shulman Los Angeles: The Birth of a Modern Metropolis

A Constructed View: The Architectural Photography of Julius Shulman

Julius Shulman: Modernism Rediscovered

Photography by Scott Baxter

100 Years 100 Ranchers - Photograph by Scott Baxter

Art is everywhere and galleries seem to pop up in the most unexpected places.  Small galleries can be seen in the local coffee shop, the mall, bus and train stations, and even the airport.  I was heading to security in Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport (terminal 4) when I unexpectedly passed by the Phoenix Airport Museum.  Who knew there was a museum in the airport?  But even better, the museum is currently running a photography exhibit entitled 100 Years 100 Ranchers.  The exhibit showcases the work of Photographer Scott Baxter who, over a 10 year period, photographed 100 Arizona ranchers whose families have been ranching in Arizona for 100 years or more.  The exhibit coincides with the upcoming centennial celebrations for the state Arizona (which turns 100 on February 14, 2012) and runs through May 13, 2012.  So next time you are rushing through Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, stop and check out the art.  Or, if your travels don’t take you through Phoenix check out the museums and public works of art on display in these other airports.

San Fransisco International Airport Museum

Philadelphia International Airport

Indianapolis International Airport

Oakland International Airport

Arizona will be celebrating its centennial in 2012 and the events to help in the celebration have already begun.  One such event is the “Iconic Arizona: Celebrating the Centennial with Photographs from the Center for Creative Photography” exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum.  The exhibit features 70 images borrowed from the archives of Tucson’s Center for Creative Photography that portray Arizona iconic places and landmarks.  The photographs in the exhibit range from international names such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston to Arizona photographers such as Dick Arentz and John Schafer.  But this exhibit goes beyond the works of the masters.  There is an ever changing digital gallery as part of the show as well.  Everyone is invited to submit their own work of what represents iconic Arizona to them and those images will  be featured in a digital display and online.  If you are interested in submitting your photos you can submit them here.

Here are the details if you want to see the exhibit in person:

Where: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., (602) 257-1222,

When: Wednesday, 10am-9pm (Free admission/voluntary donation every Wednesday, 3-9pm)
Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm
Sunday, 12pm-5pm
First Friday of every month, 6-10pm (Free admission/voluntary donation)

How Much: $10 adults
$8 senior citizens & fulltime college/university students w/ID
$4 children ages 6-17

It has been a while since I highlighted one of the artists on Photography Served. But I was going through the site the other day (procrastinating) and I came across the photography of John Valls, a commercial food photographer in Portland, OR who photographs food “…from the ground up.”  John’s featured set on Photography Served is A Visit to a Tobacco Farm in Cuba.  Aside from the spectacular photographs I deemed this set of photographs share-worthy because I the subject.  Cuba has been on my list of must-go-to destinations for a while now.  Part of that is the “forbidden” aspect, part is my perception of it as being frozen in time and the photographic possibilities that presents.  But I will get there one day, hopefully before the rest of the world beats me to it and changes it forever.

John Valls’ work in Cuba focused on a tobacco farm and was shot over the course of six years to reveal “…the slow rhythms and quiet pleasures of daily life on Fidel’s family tobacco farm.”  (I’m not sure if that is the Fidel.)

Photograph by John Valls

Photograph by John Valls

Photograph by John Valls

Tucson, Arizona’s Etherton Gallery is celebrating its 30 year anniversary with a photography exhibit entitled “Masters of American Photography.”  The show opens on June 11th and runs through August 27th and will feature the works of well know American photographers such as Ansel AdamsRichard Misrach, Ruth Bernhard and Frank A. Rinehart.  The exhibit focuses on American masters while covering a range of styles.  From the famous landscapes of Adams to the nudes of Bernhard to the American Indian portraits of Rinehart the Etherton Gallery has pulled together an impressive line up for this exhibit.

The Etherton Gallery is located at 135 South 6th Avenue in downtown Tucson, AZ and has regular hours Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm and by appointment.

Marilyn Monroe, from the Last Photos, original photograph, signed,1962, Andrew Weiss Gallery, copyright George Barris/Edward Weston Collection. (PRNewsFoto/Andrew Weiss Gallery)

Marilyn Monroe would have been 85 on June  1st.  As America’s preeminent sex symbol Marilyn has been the subject of countless photographs taken throughout her career as a model and then a Hollywood actress.  From her early days when she was still known as Norma Jeane Baker photographer Bill Carroll captured Marilyn before her Hollywood career took off.  Then after she reached iconic status as a “blonde bombshell” and actress multiple other photographers documented her stardom.  One of the last to photograph her before her death in 1962 was George Barris.  His work, along with that of Carroll and others are the subject of an exhibit at the Andrew Weiss Gallery in Beverly Hills opening to the public on June 2nd.  The exhibit, in honor of Monroe’s 85th birthday, will combine classic photography of the star with birthday wishes sent in by fans to create a unique display and tribute to Marilyn Monroe.

If you happen to be in Los Angeles between June 2nd and August 13th you should definitely try to stop in and see the exhibit at the Andrew Weiss Gallery at 179 S. Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills 90212. The hours are  Tues.-Sat. 11:00am-5:00pm, or by appointment.