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Collector’s Favorites From The Photographic Arts Council/Los Angeles

The Rose Gallery August 20—September 3, 2016

The photophile community came together Saturday night for the opening of an exhibition of works selected from the private collections of PAC/LA members. Presented by Rose Shoshana at her eponymous Bergamot Station gallery, the show is a luxurious trove; a luminous offering of some of the most artful and interesting photography around. Co-ordinated by PAC/LA’s, Michael Hawley, the presentation was culled from a diversity of times and genres. Seventy works are included in this, a most extraordinary show.

The exposition features such masters as Robert Frank, Irving Penn, Imogen Cunningham and Edward Weston, as well as new and vintage works by artists championed by PAC/LA collectors. You’ll see works by Lee Friedlander, Augusta Wood, Mary Ellen Mark, Torbjøn Rødland, Nick Waplington, Clarence Sinclair Bull, Dulce Pinzón, Rinko Kawauchi, Bruce Davidson, Margaret Bourke-White, and dozens more.

Bruce Davidson — Untitled, From the series Subway, New York, c. 1980s, 20 x 24 Dye Transfer Print

Bruce Davidson — Untitled, From the series Subway, New York, c. 1980s, 20 x 24 Dye Transfer Print

COLLECTORS’ FAVORITES reflects the diverse passions and interests of PAC/ LA’s members, counting among their ranks many leading California photography collectors and those interested in learning more about photography. The prints on display are accompanied by brief statements from the collectors, explaining their thoughts about their selections and reasons for exhibiting these specific photographs.

Motoyuki Daifu — Asleep With Fish. 2009

Motoyuki Daifu — Asleep With Fish. 2009

Now in its fourth year as an independent group, the PAC/LA was founded to foster individual and community-wide knowledge and appreciation of the Photographic Arts. Throughout the year, PAC · LA members are invited to special collection and artists’ studio visits, take part in educational programming, are offered private curator-led walkthroughs, as well as travel opportunities outside Los Angeles. In addition, PAC · LA offers grants in the photographic arts.

The desire to acquire fine art photography is a delicious malaise that seems to torment many people all over the world. There is no cure. As this strange malady develops, most of the afflicted seem to hone their skills and focus their collections. Connoisseurs of photography enjoy educating others about what they have learned about the works of art they have amassed. They delight in showing them off. The Photographic Art Council is a great place to do just that – and to acquire new works, as well.

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Phil Tarley

About Phil Tarley

Phil Tarley is a fellow of the American Film Institute, an artist member of the Los Angeles Art Association and writes about contemporary art, pop culture and photography for Fabrik Magazine. He curates at the A C Gallery in Los Angeles and founded Round Hole Square Peg, a biannual, international survey of LGBTQ photography shown at the Photo LA. Tarley is also a critical essayist for Katharine T. Carter & Associates, an art advisory service that  helps artists obtain museum exhibitions. His personal series of political and ethnographic videos is housed in the permanent collection of the New York Public Library and has screened in film festivals and museums like the American Film Institute,and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. In 2009, under his nom de porn, Phil St. John, Tarley was inducted into the Gay Porn Hall of Fame for his 20-year producing and directing career. His writing and photography have also appeared in the LA Times, the LA Weekly, The WOW Report, Adventure Journal, the Advocate, Frontiers, Adult Video News, Genre, Instinct and American Photo Magazine. His book, Going down On Cuba: Notes from An Underground Traveler,  is slated to be published later in the year by Fabrik Press.  

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