While most try to capture life’s important moments –- birthdays, anniversaries, or graduations — there are artists who apply to tell a thousand words with every click of the camera. Some became professionals after years of training. Others simply had a knack for finding a good subject and self-taught a trade. Either way, those who find their muse through a lens deliver magnificent views of nature and life in far away places, offer commentary on what humanity has done –- for good or bad -– and are happy to share all findings with the world. Their work is often displayed at no cost to the viewer in the many Los Angeles galleries dedicated to that purpose.
612 North Almond Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90069
Hours: Tues to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun and Mon – closed
Available through May 12th, the M+B Gallery displays “Compulsion” by contemporary artist Alex Prager. The exhibit includes a selection of color photographs, several of them interesting close-ups of the eyes, plus the artist’s new short film entitled “La Petite Mort.” The Los Angeles show will be displaying simultaneously with shows in New York and London.
1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291
Hours: Sun to Thurs – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri and Sat – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
For one more week, through May 13th, The G2Gallery will be showcasing the work of Ansel Adams (1902-1984), an American photographer who became famous for his black and white pictures of the American West, often of Yosemite National Park. Aware that a picture can say a thousand words, Adams’ pictures of nature intended to inspire positive changes on behalf of the environment. The next exhibit at The G2Galley will be “Wild on Earth,” the wildlife and cultural photography of Piper Mackay.
727 S Spring St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
Hours: Wed to Sat – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Mon and Tues – closed
The Drkrm will be showcasing Steven Rubin’s “Vacationland” until May 26. Rubin is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Penn State University, and in the past has worked as a documentary photographer with assignments in the Middle East and in Latin American countries like Chile and Cuba. His work fits right in with what is often displayed at the Drkrm – cutting-edge documentary and photo-journalistic work that displays cultural images of the past and the present.
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Annenberg Space for Photography
2000 Avenue of the Stars, #10
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Hours: Wed to Fri, Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sat – 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Mon and Tues – closed
Available through May 28, the Annenberg Space is showcasing “Digital Darkroom,” the work of 17 artists from around the world who fuse art with technology. Each artist has mastered a particular digital technique such as layered imagery, 3D imaging, picture “stitching” and so forth. Each of the artists has contributed two to six works for a combined display of over 80 prints.
Craig Krull Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Building B-3
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Hours: Tues to Fri – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sat – 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sun and Mon – closed
Starting May 26th and and going through July 14th, the Craig Krull Gallery will showcase the work of San Francisco born artist Jeff Brouws. His work is a survey of American rural, urban and suburban landscapes. His pictures turn the mundane and every-day situations into subjects for consideration – from abandoned gas stations to hotels and fast-food restaurants, Brouws makes his viewer give thought to the effects of development and “civilization.”