What was the best part of Photo Independent this year? Held once again in its 4th iteration at The Reef in DTLA, there were over 156 exhibitors, and it’s difficult indeed to choose.
Photographer E.F. Kitchen was awarded “Best in Show,” the result being a booth at Photo Independent next year.
Here are a few of the highlights in a strong exhibition attended by over 3500 art lovers this year:
Photographer Martin Cox created photographs of images far removed from the LA zeitgeist: beautiful, wintery images of snow in Iceland. The images are from a landscape series Cox created during a residency in Iceland.
Also far from LA: the work of Olie Marius Joergensen from Norway, justifiably dubbed “one of the top six photographers to watch” at the fair. Ethereal images with mysterious softness.
Andy Burgess, a U.K. native now residing in Arizona enjoys working in analog rather than digital images, and his photographs have a lush aspect reminiscent of noir filmmaking. The artist is launching his own Dark Spring Press to create limited edition photography books for individual artists.
Jane Szabo’s new series Family Matters was on display – stunningly realized simple images of still-life objects on dark backgrounds that pulse with life.
Szabo infuses inanimate objects with history and resonance and creates visual poetry.
Richard Chow’s luminous Urbanscape created sculptural looks at city life.
Donn Delson’s aerial landscapes dazzled with rich abstract takes on the world from above.
Cathy Immordino explores a fantasy landscape with a vibrant palette.
…And generously invited attendees to step inside her world. The Mars-like foreground was shot at Trona Pinnacles near Death Valley National Park.
Jessie Chaney’s porthole-like views of the sky are haunting and quiet.
Images. Many at Photo Independent remain in the minds-eye, strong and potent.
- Genie Davis; Photos: Genie Davis and courtesy of artists