Month of PhoMOPLA-LOGOtography Los Angeles (MOPLA) celebrates eight years. The annual initiative invites galleries all over LA to particpate.

LA Art Party is a proud sponsor. See one of LAArtParty’s staff writer, Henry K. Long’s Huffington Post article about the event. Here are some highlights I’d like to point out.

We are into the 2nd half of the month and we have lots more events for you. Be sure to check the MOPLA website for all the official MOPLA shows…there are lots more galleries joining in to celebrate photography

Saturday, April 16, 2016: Earth, wind, water, and metal are the key elements in this stunning show by Los Angeles bred photographer Charlotte Patterson. Through her dynamic photographic process of forced decay and rebirth of an original image, she forces the viewer to reconsider traditional modes of perceiving and displaying photography. Moving away from the literal and into the abstract, Patterson infuses the viewing experience with ideas of ephemerality and immortality, the artist’s lens ultimately bringing focus to the beauty between the lines. Art Salon: In Conversation with the Artist Saturday, April 30, 2pm.

MOPLA-SAGEProjects“I love the idea behind MoPLA,” explained founder and curator of SAGE Projects. “Cat Jimenez, the founder, is a savvy, charismatic, creative enthusiast and it’s impressive how she has grown this initiative to be such a successful, supported, dynamic series of events all across the city. I feel the initiative really unifies curators, galleries, and the photography community both locally and abroad in a way that encourages the free flow of ideas and learning across the medium of photography.”

Saturday, April 16, 2016: 7:00pm-10:00pm. RSVP to The exhibition will be on view through May 14, 2016 (with an artist talk at 2:00pm on May 14). See below for an additional event on April 23. Enjoy an Art Salon: In Conversation with the Artist on Saturday, April 30, 2pm. SAGE Projects, 300 South Anderson Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90033;


April 16, 2016:
The Icon, in the Miracle Mile at 5450 Wilshire Blvd will host an exhibition of portraits of musicians by Dennis Keeley. Keeley made hundreds of portraits of musicians from the 1970’s till the early 2000’s. His work for periodicals, album covers,cd packaging and personal photographs for musicians in that era, made him one of the more sought after photographers in Los Angeles.

April 16, 2016:  Opening reception – 5:00pm – 8:00pm, The Icon, 5450 Wilshire Boulevard, LA, 90036; On view through May 26, 2016.


April 16, 2016: bG Gallery offers its 2nd exhibition tSat-April16-large-bGGallery-Lori Pond COYOTE-2o celebrate MOPLA titledMonster Photo Gestalt.”  Gallery Owner and curator Om Bleicher will assemble close-up photos of animal and human body parts by a variety of photographers into an imaginative composition including a surreal landscape populated by composite “monsters.” 

See image: by Lori Pond

Artists: David Dumo, Marcus DeSieno, Lori Pond, Debra Behr, Nabil TAZI, Lauren K Barwood, Cameron McIntyre, Maureen Haldeman, Susan Mac, Allan Peach, Heather Roessler, Allyson Marie, Mara Zaslove, David Skernick, Robin Cohen, Amy Kanka Valadarsky, Mitch Cullin, Federico, Clea Jones, Bernard Wolf, Fong Lien, Organa Meets, Airom, Susie Loucks, Leonard Monje, Ip Hoi Wan and more.

On view: April 16 -April 20th

April 16, 2016: Opening reception – 5:00pm – 8:00pm, bG Gallery at Bergamot Station 2525, Michigan Avenue, Space G8A, Santa Monica, CA 90404Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11:30am-6pm; 310-906-4211;


April 19, 2016:  APA LA presents Cat Jimenez and The Many Roles in Photography, as told by an Advocate, an Agent, a Gallerist, and a Photo Editor. 

TAPA SMC-MOPLA-CatJimenez V1 1200his multi-panelist roundtable discussion will delve into the multitude of career paths and possibilities within the realm of photography, lead by artist advocate, Month of Photography LA’s Co-Founder, and Executive Director of the Lucie Foundation, Cat Jimenez. Other panelists include: Bob Dixon, Owner, Seven Artist Management; Shanoa Garcia, Owner, SAGE Projects; Amy Feitelberg, photo director of Los Angeles Magazine;

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Tuesday, April 19 2016: Art Talk – 7:30pm–8:30pm; Santa Monica College, Room Science 145. 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90405; Visit APA website here 


April 22, 2016: Curated by Jessica Sample, Wanderlust: A Silent Auction Benefit aims to show us how the world is a beautiful, complex and fragile place.  This is often most apparent to us through the lens of the traveler.  This group show presents the travel photographs from emerging and established photographers, each of whom explore the world to discover their own deep and unique sense of place. Proceeds from the silent auction of the exhibited photographs will go to Mercy Corps, to benefit refugee aid, and to Wild Aid, to benefit wildlife protection.

On view for one night only.

April 22, 2016: The Arsenal, 8439 Warner Dr., Culver City, CA 90232.


April 23, 2016: The Artist’s Corner Gallery presents a smashing group exhibition: “SEXY.”

SEXY is Voluptuous, TSat-April23-ArtistCorner-SEXY-MOPLArending, Elegant and Perverse. SEXY is Hot. Hedonic. Nasty and Nice. SEXY is Very sex positive. And while the Getty breaks down barriers with Robert Mapplethorpe’s Sexy exhibition, we want to break down some barriers, too.

PHOTOGRAPHERS EXHIBITING: Boris Bezroukov, Mark Stout, Bobbi Bennett, Franz Szony, Phil Tarley, Stephanie Vovas, Kathy Curtis Cahill, Mei Xian Qui, Dani Olivier, Brooke Mason, Jerry Weber, Brad Bronson, Robert Presser, Jaimie Milner, Bojana Novakovic, Sol Hill, Jan Burns, David Covarrubias, Daryl Henderson, Mike Spitz, Karen Bystedt and Michael Grecco.

Saturday, April 23, 2016: 7:00pm-10:00pm. AC Gallery (The Artist’s Corner Gallery), 6585 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood CA 90038;


Saturday, April 23, 2016: SAGE Projects hosts Pro’jekt LA Part Four of MOPLA’s projection series features a selection of images submitted to this year’s call for participation by photographers worldwide, in addition to images from current ASMP LA members, curated by Yasmin Alishav.

Saturday, April 23, 2016: 7:00pm-10:00pm. RSVP to The exhibition will be on view through May 14, 2016 (with an artist talk at 2:00pm on May 14). SAGE Projects, 300 South Anderson Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90033;


April 30, 2016: “10 Years of Giant Artists” opens at Contact Photo Lab downtown.

Sat-April30-GiantArtists-MOPLA-DavidBlack cowboy-2The group exhibition features the photographic talent of trend-setting agency Giant Artists, curated by Sabrina Bajaj. “MOPLA has energized the photographic community in Los Angeles..bringing with it a spirit of collaboration and support,” said Jen Jenkins, owner of Giant Artists.

See image: by David Black

Artists include: David Black, João Canziani, Todd Cole, Lauren Dukoff, Collin Erie, Christaan Felber, Ryan Schude, Michael Schmelling, Emily Shur, Jake Stangel and many more.

Saturday, April 30th: Opening reception 5-8pm, Contact Photo Lab, 618 Moulton Ave., Suite E, Los Angeles, CA 90031.

For a full listing of MOPLA events, visit