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Bruce Hall image from the Blind Photographers Guild Booth

I attended Photo LA last night. Fortunately, I can report that it is worth your entrance fee. This year showcases more new images, new photographers, and more experimental photography than last year. Established photographers and predictable images are front and center, as expected by the buying public and collectors. But look deeper and discover some gems and surprises.

Two of my favorite booths are The Blind Photographers Guild and Select Vernacular. The Blind Photographers Guild exhibits work from several visually impaired artists. The images they create inspire the rest of us to continue to look through the lens with fresh eyes. Select Vernacular is a treasure trove of images from 1840 up to the present time. Photographer, collector, and dealer Norman Kulkin travels the world to bring us the best vernacular images to choose from. I just love seeing snippets of life as it was before cars, phones, and computers.

Photo LA runs through Sunday, Jan 17 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.


About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

4 responses »

  1. Gina
    still echos
    in beautiful reflection

  2. Gina, thank you for the post, and visiting our booth at Photo LA.


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