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Photo LA & Classic Photos LA 2015

Photo LA & Classic Photos 2015

From back in the days when Photo LA was at Santa Monica Airport to the latest venue in DTLA at The REEF in the historic LA Mart building, Photo LA is ever evolving and provides me with a way to cross paths with many photography friends. I stopped by JDC Fine Art and was taken by various photography by Paul Cava, and Paul Turonet’s photography & art. I have loved Marjorie Salvaterra’s photography from the moment I saw her black and white series, Her.

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Paul Cava, Belatage (Blue)
Archival Pigment Print
11 1/2 x 18 3/4 in.
Edition #2/5

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Paul Turonet
Tierra Brava explores the challenges, struggles and hopes of life in Mexico along the U.S.-Mexico border. saddle-stitch book with 50 color prints, 1 loose print in folder, 1 double-sided map in brown box.

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Marjorie Salvaterra
When the Universe Has a Bigger Plan For Your Life, 2012
Archival Pigment Print
16 x 24 in. Edition of 20

Marjorie Salvaterra Her - book

Marjorie Salvaterra
Her – book

Shulamit Gallery’s mission it to broaden cross-cultural awareness and understanding through contemporary art. Their primary focus is Middle Eastern artists of diverse backgrounds like Jessica Shokrian, whose self portraiture resonated with me.



Shulamit Gallery

Jessica Shokrain
Boardroom Power Struggle
(Polaroid Series)

Shulamit Gallery

Jessica Shokrian
Boardroom Power Struggle

Amanasalto, a premium photography and publishing company in Tokyo, Japan. The following are all from Amanasalto’s book: Imogen Cunningham, The Eye of Imogen Cunningham.



Imogen Cunningham,
Unmade Bed
Platinum and palladium print, 2013
20 x 24 inches
Edition: Open


Frida Kahlo Rivera


Imogen Cunningham,


Imogen Cunningham
The Eye of Imogen Cunningham
Mirror 2, 1923

Photographer Dan Fauci’s Untitled Sharon Lockhart

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Dan Fauci
Sharon Lockhart
Untitled, 1996
Chromogenic print

David Skernick

David Skernick
The Rat Queen, 2015
11 x 14 inches
Archival photograph
Edition 1/15

Aline Smithson’s Revisiting Beauty made the Critical Mass Top 50 for 2014. Smithson captures girls between the ages of 14 – 17 on the cusp of womanhood not fully aware of their own loveliness and physical presence.

This series is inspired by portrait paintings from the eighteenth to the twentieth century including artists West, De La Roche, Stroganov, Sargent, Whistler, Hockney and portraits created in the mid 1900’s by many anonymous painters. Her background as a painter also informs this work. There is a dreamy quality to this series not to mention Smithson shoots with film, giving increased depth and richness to her work always and in particular to Revisiting Beauty.


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Aline Smithson
Revisiting Beauty


Aline Smithson
Pink Feathers, 2013

Shot of Elizabeth Taylor, who never gave a damn what anyone thought.

Timothy White Elizabeth Taylor Culver City, 2000 Archival Pigment Print 40 x 30 inches Ed. 23 of 25

Timothy White
Elizabeth Taylor
Culver City, 2000
Archival Pigment Print
40 x 30 inches
Ed. 23 of 25

Benno Graziani belonged to the founding team of Paris-Match in 1949. He was an exceptional journalist, war photographer, reporter and editor-in-chief who lived intensely the great era of magazines. Suffice it to say it was he who inspired Fellini for La Dolce Vita.

Benno Graziani Jackie Writing,  Ravello, August 1962 Edition 7/10 Silver gelatin, Printed later. Size 23. 6 x 15.7 in/60x 40 cm Captioned, dated, stamped and signed on back

Benno Graziani
Jackie Writing,
Ravello, August 1962
Edition 7/10
Silver gelatin, Printed later.
Size 23. 6 x 15.7 in/60x 40 cm
Captioned, dated, stamped and signed on back

Another photograph by Benno Graziani of Jackie Onassis:

Benno Graziani Jackie and Paparazzi, Amalfi, August 1962 Edition 5/10 Silver gelatin. Printed later. Size 23.6 x 15.7 in / 60 x 40 cm Captioned, dated, stamped and signed on back.

Benno Graziani
Jackie and Paparazzi, Amalfi, August 1962
Edition 5/10
Silver gelatin. Printed later.
Size 23.6 x 15.7 in / 60 x 40 cm
Captioned, dated, stamped and signed on back.

Photo-eye Gallery

Curtis Wehrfritz
He Speaks with the raven, first as a boy
Collodion on Velvet Board, 1 of 1
54″ x 36″, 74″ x 52″ w/Frame

Nick Brandt

Nick Brandt
Lion Family Portrait
Maasai Mara, 2003
Archival Pigment Print
29.5″ x 36.75″

Kamil Vognar

Kamil Vognar
Mixed Media on canvas
30″ x 30″

Tom Chambers

Tom Chambers
Burn to Shine
Archival Pigment Ink Print
20 x 20 inches

John Dominis

John Dominis
Steve McQueen with pistol at home, Palm Springs, California, 1963
Gelatin silver print, estate bind stamp

Susan Swihart is part of a photography collective known as VERGE, which is sponsored by Duncan Miller in L.A. Swihart an observer who takes pictures to capture small moments and translates her personal experiences into shared ones.

Susan Swihart

Susan Swihart,
Verge Photographers

I just loved the way this man was holding his baby.

I just loved the way this man was holding his baby.

Classic Photos 2015 at the newly remodeled spaces at Bonhams on Sunset featured 20th century artists with vintage masterworks as well as wonderful 19-century material. It originally began with ten exhibitors and now has twenty seven galleries and dealers from four countries.

Michael Dawson Gallery in Los Angeles. Since 1905, Dawson’s Book Shop has been a leading source in Southern California for rare and out of print books in the fields of California history, Western Americana and photography. In fact, Dawson’s is the oldest continuously operating book shop in the city of Los Angeles. Ernest Dawson started the shop in downtown Los Angeles.

After three moves downtown and a transfer of ownership to the second generation of Glen and Muir Dawson, the shop settled on Larchmont Boulevard in the Hollywood/Hancock Park area in 1968. Michael Dawson marks the third generation of the Dawson family to helm this Los Angeles treasure. He had a gorgeous selection of classic photography.


Judy Dater

Judy Dater:
Self portrait with stone
1981, gelatin silver

Edward Weston, Nude

Edward Weston:
1920, printed 1977, Platinum

Lou Stoumen

Lou Stoumen, Black Cat Bar & Brothel, San Juan, P.R.
1941, printed later.
Gelatin Silver

The Scott Nichols Gallery is a fine art photography gallery located in downtown San Francisco. His gallery shows a combination of established, up and coming and contemporary photographers. Scott Nichols, a Southern California native, has been a private dealer since 1980 and is considered one of the experts on Group f/64 and Brett Weston.


Mona Kuhn, Merle

Mona Kuhn
Fuji Crystal Archive print
30 x 30 inches

Baron Wolman, George Harrison

Baron Wolman,
George Harrison
Gelatin silver print
7 x 4 3/4 inches

Horace Bristol, PBY Blister Gunner, Rescue at Rabaul

Horace Bristol,
PBY Blister Gunner, Rescue at Rabaul
1944, printed 1990’s
Gelatin Silver print
7 5/8 x 7 1/2 inches

Contemporary Works/Vintage Works

This Edward Boubat, Little Girl with Dead Leaves, is one of my favorite photographs. I love the passion of Edward Boubat. He sold his six volume dictionary to fund the purchase of his first camera: a 6 x 6 Rolleicord.

Edward Boubat Little Girl with Dead Leaves, 1946-47/1940's

Edward Boubat
Little Girl with Dead Leaves,

Erwin Blumenfeld Nude under Wet Silk

Erwin Blumenfeld
Nude under Wet Silk
13 1/2 x 10 1/2

Peter Fetterman Gallery


Willy Ronis Isabelle, 1990

Willy Ronis
Isabelle, 1990
Gelatin Silver print
14 x 11 inches
Titled and dated in pencil with the photographer’s stamp on verso; Signed in ink on recto

Wolf Suschitzky Charing Cross Road from No. 84 (Marks & Co), 1937

Wolf Suschitzky
Charing Cross Road from No. 84 (Marks & Co), 1937
Gelatin Silver Print
20 x 16 inches
Signed, titled and dated in pencil in verso

Photo LA & Classic Photos 2015

Michael and Elizabeth running in the wind

Elizabeth Taylor has left us. Yes, she was beautiful and a wonderful actress. Those violet-blue eyes with dark hair was a lethal combination. I can never forget her performances in A Place In The Sun, Giant, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof,  Suddenly Last Summer, Cleopatra and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf to name a few. Her vulnerability and passion made her a powerful actress. More powerful than her acting for me was a passionate woman, who died untamed, loyal and loving in all her relationships. Elizabeth seemed to leap at any chance of love. What I loved most about her was her direct, outspoken personality. She didn’t play games and if she believed in something or someone, her passion was 100 percent.

When she separated from Richard Burton she wrote a public letter because she believed she belonged to the public as she did to herself and Burton. She wanted to explain and wrote: “ I am convinced it would be a good and constructive idea if Richard and I separated for a while. Maybe we loved each other too much. I never believed such a thing was possible. But we have been in each other’s pockets constantly, never being apart but for matters of life and death, and I believe it has caused a temporary breakdown of communication. I believe with all my heart that the separation will ultimately bring us back to where we should be-and that’s together…Wish us well during this difficult time. Pray for us.”

Elizabeth Taylor lived her life by her heart.  No matter how many scandals, marriages and relationships ended, she never, ever gave up on love. Her heart was fearless, open, compassionate, brave. She was passionate in all her relationships. She absolutely refused to build walls around her heart. I love whom I love with all my heart. One in particular, sometimes I can’t even breathe from the love I feel for her. But that’s another blog.

Her relationships with Rock Hudson, Roddy McDowell, Montgomery Clift and Michael Jackson showed us a fiercely loyal woman who cherished her friends.

Rock & Elizabeth- Giant 1956

Elizabeth & Roddy McDowell-The White Cliffs of Dover 1944

Elizabeth, Montgomery Clift

MJ dedicated a song to her and sang it at a celebration of her 65th birthday in February 1997.

Of her loyalty to Rock Hudson when he was discovered to have aids, Elton John said “Elizabeth did something when it required real courage.” Instead of complaining about no one doing anything, she thought “I’m not doing anything.” An early champion against the aids epidemic, she put a plan in action building the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation. Humanitarianism is a word that applies to both Elizabeth and Michael.

Elizabeth’s friendship with Michael began in the early 80’s when she walked out of his concert because she couldn’t see the stage as her seats were too far away. Michael found out and called her, upset that she had left. He struggled with insecurity just like any of us. I certainly do. Hence a great friendship was born. She didn’t just stand by Michael’s side. She held him up time after time.

I see another point of connection. Elizabeth was hounded by the press her entire life especially when she was with Richard Burton resulting in constant fright and flight from fans.  Michael’s entire life was spent with fans on his heels. She knew he was a creative genius who was emotionally damaged so she held onto him tightly.

Love and loyalty is the theme that keeps coming forward for me. Here’s an excerpt from an interview with Kevin Sessums in POZ in November, 1997: Kevin: “You have very loyal friendships. One of the things even more controversial than your advocacy of needle exchange programs is your close friendship with Michael Jackson. You’ve even agreed to be the godmother of his child.”

-Elizabeth: “We love each other, Michael and I. That’s all there is to say. Both of us had really strange childhoods. We have a lot in common that way. We love each other. And if nobody understands it—or doesn’t dig it—then tough shit.”

When Dr. Arnold Klein blasted rumors about Michael Jackson after he died, Elizabeth tweeted: “Just what we want in our doctors. And then to say he did not betray Michael’s confidence. No wonder he has death threats,” Taylor continued. “I thought doctors, like priests took an oath of confidentiality. May God have mercy on his soul.”

Elizabeth was a loyal, caring, loving friend to Michael Jackson.  She flew to be by his side when, in the midst of the Dangerous tour in 1993, he was falsely accused of child molestation by the blackmailing Evan Chandler.

“I believe totally that Michael will be vindicated. I believe in Michael’s integrity, his love and respect of children. I know it will all come out alright. He’s here all alone. He’s going through a terrible time and I just wanted to be with him.” Elizabeth Taylor

She vocally supported him again when the Me-Too Arvizos falsely accused him in 2005. She never faltered or betrayed him. She also gave MJ his first Christmas at Neverland making sure Michael felt love on the holidays and not alone.


Jackson’s brother, Tito Jackson, has issued his own statement on Taylor’s passing today. “Most memorable is her steadfast loyalty and unwavering friendship to my late brother Michael Jackson,” he said. “Liz provided a sense of relief and comfort to my brother at various difficult times in his life, and I appreciate that, may she rest in peace.”

When Michael died, Elizabeth wrote “I will always love Michael from the depth of my being and nothing can separate us.” All this rain showering us must be Michael and Elizabeth’s tears coming down on us from laughing so hard. When the sun shines tomorrow, they will be smiling down on us.

They were mirrors to each other having spent their childhoods working instead of being children. She was a loyal, other-centered friend which means Michael was too.  Their relationship; based on trust, loyalty and caring was loving and supporting and a gift they gave one another. Best friends for decades, she stood by his side no matter what. Their relationship was pure, true, dedicated. She was protective, devoted and nurturing. They were soul mates. You are not alone now Michael. With Elizabeth back at your side you can run together like children; holding hands, smiling and laughing with each other, playing with the animals. Elizabeth showed us the importance of having a friend who stays by your side not just when you’re riding around in limousines but when you’re stranded by the road alone and the kids are throwing rocks and names at you.


From Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s Twitter account, circa July 22, 2010: Every breath you take today should be with someone else in mind. I love you.

I love these photos of them. They were always holding hands.


“I’ve met a lot of people in my life, and very few are real, real friends … I can probably count them on one hand. Elizabeth is one of the most loving, loyal, caring people that I know.” Michael Jackson

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