MOPLA + Smashbox Group Show
This annual group show collaboration is a juried exhibition curated by Dee deLara (Smashbox Studios), Jen Jenkins (Giant Artists), and photographer Diana Koenigsberg. The Los Angeles Times also presents a special projection of images from their newspapers archives.
April 17 - May 1, 2013
Location: Smashbox Studios West Hollywood | 1011 N. Fuller Ave. | West Hollywood | CA 90046 | USA
Reception: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | 7-10PM
In April 2009, the inaugural Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) showcased the enormous photography community, inclusive of commercial, fine art and photojournalism. As the second largest photography community in the United States, Los Angeles provides a distinctive backdrop to the celebration of the photographic image.
MOPLA was established and exists to advance the celebration of Photography through a variety of events and programs designed to inspire and invigorate the photography professional, enthusiast, emerging professional and collector.
MOPLA's two-fold mission is to advance dynamic programming designed to engage and stimulate the photography community, as well as to present a comprehensive resource of exhibitions and events in April.
MOPLA was conceived and is organized by the individuals who founded The Focus on Aids Photography Auction, Lucie Foundation, and the Lucie Awards.
Hossein Farmani is Founder and Chairman of The Lucie Foundation, Co-Founder of Focus on Aids, and Co-Founder of The Palm Springs Photo Festival. He is Principal of The Farmani Group whose roster of companies include PX3 (Prix de la Photographie Paris), The International Design Awards, FYI Design, London International Creative Competition, The International Photography Awards, The Lucie Awards and The Farmani Gallery.
Cat Jimenez is Co-Founder of the Month of Photography Los Angeles, Executive Director of the Lucie Foundation, and a photographer. She studied photography at the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, California and was featured in the Smithsonian Institute and The Los Angeles Filipino American Centennial Commemoration Committee Project entitled "I am Today's Filipino", recognizing and preserving the stories of individuals making a contribution to American Life.
Smashbox Studios is LA's first (and foremost) photo studio compound – founded in 1990 by Davis Factor and Dean Factor (great-grandsons of Hollywood cosmetics legend Max Factor). Driven by both style & service, Smashbox has made a name for itself by offering charming client services & studio features.
The Lucie Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit, charitable foundation whose three-tiered mission is to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent, and celebrate the appreciation of photography worldwide.
Through the annual Lucie Awards, they honor and celebrate the achievements of master photographers and their contributions to the art of photography.
The International Photography Awards (IPA) is an annual photography competition that acts as a vehicle to recognize both professional and emerging-professional photographers.
The Lucie Foundation is also responsible for hosting additional programming including the Lucie Lecture Series in the East and West Coast featuring world-renowned master photographers who have received or will receive Lucie Awards during the annual gala ceremony and through the Lucie Mentor Program, they cultivate students and emerging-photographers to become photography's next round of brightest stars.
Dee deLara - VP, Creative, of Smashbox Studios in LA.
Jen Jenkins - Giant Artists founder and artist representative
Jimon Aframian - Chief editor and creative director at Jimon Magazine
Diana Koenigsberg - Photographer
Smashbox Studios Website
LUCE Foundation Website