Pride Month Artist Talks – Coyote Park and Reynaldo Rivera – June 29
Photo by Courtney Coles

Pride Month Artist Talks – Coyote Park and Reynaldo Rivera – June 29

  • Pride Month Artist Talks
    June 29, 2022
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

FREE Event. RSVP required.

In support and recognition of Pride Month, the Los Angeles Center of Photography is thrilled to host a series of artists talks featuring six Los Angeles-based photographers. These visual artists were carefully selected with work representative of queer photography and the LGBTQIA community. Come join us and these amazing special guests for an intimate and thought-provoking look into queer histories, emotions, and heritage.

This three-part series will feature two photographers per evening, each having 30 minutes to present work. A moderator will be present to facilitate discussion. At the end of each session, participants will have a chance to ask questions

Wednesday, June 15, 7 pm PST

Moderated by Matthew Finley
Guests: Rubén Esparza and Courtney Coles

Rubén Esparza is a multidisciplinary artist and independent curator, using the insight of both roles to synergize intensely cross-referential physical and temporary works of art and exhibitions. Exploring Queer and Latinx histories, existential trauma, and the reconciliation of his heritage, that of the colonizer and the colonized. Esparza uses analog materials alongside complex experimental digital-driven works to create sociopolitical commentary or homage to brownness and or queerness. Esparza is the founder and director of the Queer Biennial @ruben__esparza

Courtney Coles (b. 1989) is a photographer, educator and writer born and raised in Los Angeles. She holds an MFA with an emphasis in photography & media from Calarts (2019) and a BFA in photography from the Pacific Northwest College of Art (2014). Her practice is rooted in her fascination with the multiple ways she considers people, places and memories “home” and her desire to preserve it. She is enthralled by making photographs that are soft and sincere because the world has been anything but to Black queer women like her. She extends grace first to herself, as seen in her self-portraits, and then to her loved ones who so graciously invite her into their lives. Where the world has failed in protecting her, she has stepped in to make the quiet photographs that soothe her.

Wednesday, June 22, 7 pm PST

Moderated by Matthew Finley
Guests: John Waiblinger and Jen Rosentein

John Waiblinger is a new media artist who explores masculinity and desire through his Post Photography compositions. Hailing from an academic background with degrees in English, Women’s Studies and Library Science, Waiblinger redefined himself as an artist in his early 60s, first exhibiting his work at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA) in 2014. Since then he has continued to exhibit in galleries, had several solo shows, and has established a group of collectors. Waiblinger was a member artist of LACDA and is currently a member of Artlounge Collective, the Los Angeles Art Association (LAAA) and the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP).

“Waiblinger uses his fixation on the beauty of men to transfigure the carnal into his own embodiments of adoration and celebration.”

Jen Rosenstein is a native of Los Angeles, where she works as a director, photographer and artist. Rosenstein graduated in 2008 with a BFA in Photography from Art Center College of Design. Her work can be seen on national ad campaigns and magazine covers. She shoots Grammy award winning artists like Jon Batiste, John Legend, Foo Fighters and many more.

Rosenstein’s photography is a reflection of her deep relationships within a creative community of musicians, artists, filmmakers and LGBTQ people. While her subjects are strong, her images seek to capture transformation and vulnerability – a trusted emotional exchange between friends, immortalized.

As a woman behind the camera – Rosenstein likes to explore all the ways that femaleness presents, including what it means to take up space in the world as a woman. Music, joy and abundant feeling is the heartbeat of her collaborations, and her series of beautiful, human portraits the res

Wednesday, June 29, 7 pm PST

Moderated by Matthew Finley
Guests: Coyote Park and Reynaldo Rivera

Coyote Park (he/they) is a 2Spirit, (Korean, German, Yurok Native) artist from Honolulu, Hawai’i that currently lives in Tongva Territory (Los Angeles). They are a transgender artist that centers their practice in photography, writing, performance, painting, producing, and creative direction as modes of storytelling. Park merges their written work with their passion for image making through their photo series entitled “All Kin is Blood Kin” (2020 – current) surrounding themes of chosen family, rebirth, and intimacy. Current works of theirs are “Heart of a Shapeshifter: 2Spirit Love Medicine” a poetry, short essay, and prose collection; and “Destiny in Sedona” a QTBIPOC love story film. Their work is a pathway to healing and dreaming up new worlds.

Reynaldo Rivera (born 1964) is a photographer known for capturing historic queer, transgender, predominantly LatinX scenes, such as clubs and house parties, in late 20th-century Los Angeles. Some of the clubs he photographed at included La Plaza, the Silverlake Lounge, Mugy’s, and Little Joy. Rivera’s black and white photographs are known for their intimate documentation of and focus on the everyday life and private moments of LatinX transgender women, artists, and drag performers at the time. Rivera cites this as a type of activism since gentrification and a lack of public records of these individuals, many of whom died young due to violence, have led to the marginalization and erasure of these communities and cultures. In this way, Rivera is known for bringing visibility to queer, LatinX Angeleno history.

Online Learning via Zoom

This series will be presented online via Zoom software/application. Each session will run about 60-90 minutes with a portion of the time spent on Q&A from the audience.

A link for the Zoom meeting will be emailed to the attendees prior to the start time. Please read the instructions included in the email. If you have additional questions please contact Kevin Weinstein or Janis McGavin at

One Session
Dates: Wednesdays, June 15; June 22; June 29; 7 pm PST
Tuition: FREE – RSVP required



This course will be meeting online via Zoom. We encourage you to install and test the software on your device prior to the class.

Details Price Qty
June 15 Pride Month Artist Talks : Ruben Esparza and Courtney Colesshow details + $0.00 (USD)   Expired
June 22 Pride Month Artist Talks : John Waiblinger and Jen Rosenteinshow details + $0.00 (USD)   Expired
June 29 Pride Month Artist Talks : Coyote Park and Reynaldo Riverashow details + $0.00 (USD)