LACP’s Second Annual “The Creative Portrait” Exhibition – 2016
Nov 18 – Dec 9, 2016
The Los Angeles Center of Photography proudly presents it’s second annual “The Creative Portrait” exhibition, an incredible collection of portrait photography selected by commercial photographer and LACP board of advisory member Greg Gorman. 120 photographers submitted entries for the exhibition, representing over 600 works of art. Of these, 49 images were chosen from 46 different artists. This is annual “call for entry” exhibition in the fall of each year.
Juror, Greg Gorman's comments . . . .
It was such an enjoyable task having the pleasure of reviewing so many great images. I was in the midst of some intensive private photography coaching in Florida when all of the submissions came in which, of course, needed an immediate turn around! I wasn’t sure how I would accomplish this with everything going on and shoots from before dawn till well after sunset on a bayou like lake. However, after receiving the imagery, it was a welcome relief to see so much varied, fresh and beautiful work. It was very inspiring for me. Over the course of the next two evenings between editing all of our work related stuff for the next day, I was fortunate to have your imagery in which to escape!
Choices were not easy. My first edit was enormous! Trying to narrow them down even more of a challenge. In the end, what I was looking for involved several key elements. I looked first and foremost for consistency among the work that I chose. I wanted to see an evident style among the images so I became familiar with the person’s work and could attach an identity to the photographs. And secondly I looking for originality and execution. How well developed was the concept of your portraits and how did you successfully apply your technique to making your images speak to the viewer. By this I mean, were you able to eliminate unnecessary elements from the frame that subtracted rather than enhanced your visual voice. Were you able to hone into the person’s aura by bringing the viewer into the person’s psyche-albeit from a traditional or certainly emotional point of view? I find often a picture that strikes and emotional resonance with the viewer can be every bit as successful as a strong black and white portrait (more characteristic of the style I am known for). I feel that the choices I’ve made resound well in today’s more modern scope of the art. I must admit that I shied away from imagery that was overtly created in Photoshop rather than through one’s own personal vision-first and foremost as a photographer and not a graphic artist! However, as you can see, there were a few exceptions for which I had an appreciation as portraiture art). I applaud all of you for such fine work and for those I didn’t have the luxury of adding do to space, there was plenty of work that I would be proud to hang on my walls. Thank you all for your confidence in me.
William Avnon, Elizabeth Bauman, Craig Becker, John Calpin, James L. Conway, Trevor Crandall, Behram Dacosta, Christopher Derrick, Matthew Dols, David Ellis, Nora Feddal, Kitty Gallanis, Elsa Gary, Michal Greenboim, Bootsy Holler, Andy House, Laura Ise, Paul Ivanushka, Daniel James, Candi S. Kalinsky, James Richard Kao, Carol Kleinman, James Knight, Ali LeRoi, Svetlana Levchenko, Caryl Lightfoot, Adriana Xochi Marmolejo, Leba Marquez, John Nilsson, No Padilla, Bonnie Perkinson, Cynthia Peterson, Tia Campbell Peterson, Robert Primes, Peter Rath, Gay Ribisi, Carl Shubs, Diane Silverman, Sebastian Spader, Michael Thompson, Stephane Vercruysse, Carl Volpe, Mitchell Walker, John Weiss, Stanley Yang, and Anna Katharina Zeitler.