Photo by Douglas Kirkland

Join Us for our 5th Annual Fundraising Gala
“A Love Letter to L.A.”
Hosted by actress/ writer / director
Lisa Edelstein


Saturday, October 24, 5 pm – 6:30 pm PST, 2020
An Immersive Online Experience







On Saturday evening, Oct 24th 2020, the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) will host its annual Fundraising Gala 2020. This year’s event will take place in an exciting and immersive online environment and will honor seminal celebrity photographer Douglas Kirkland along with his esteemed wife Francoise Kirkland, Los Angeles-based photographer Estevan Oriol, and the photography staff of Los Angeles Times.

LACP Gala 2020 will feature over 100 outstanding photographs from well known and award-winning photographers that have been generously donated to be put up for auction to meet its operational goals for 2021. The evening will include celebrity hosts, special guests, a virtual and interactive post-gala cocktail party and a special showcase of photographs from our juried competition, “The Connected World.” In addition, you will be able to hear some of the most famous photographers of today talking exclusively about their work. .

With LACP’s 2020 relocation to a new building in Culver City, and the recently announced closing of a major center for photography here, the time has never been more critical to help join the fight to keep photography alive and well in Los Angeles. Please join us for this special evening of support.


Honoring Douglas & Francoise Kirkland:

LACP is proud to honor award-winning celebrity photographer Douglas Kirkland and his wife, Francoise Kirkland, with the “2020 Stieglitz Award” for their decades of continued excellence and commitment to the photographic community of Los Angeles.

Douglas Kirkland joined Look Magazine in his early twenties, then Life Magazine during the golden age of photojournalism in the 1960s and 1970s. He has photographed over 2,000 assignments and more than 600 major celebrities—from Marilyn Monroe to Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning. Kirkland has worked on the sets of more than 150 motion pictures, including The Sound of Music (1963), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), Out of Africa (1985), Titanic (1997), Moulin Rouge (2000), Australia (2007), and The Great Gatsby (2011).

Françoise Kirkland was born in Paris, France and educated at the Sorbonne. She worked as a publicist for many years, but has also worked with her husband as his agent and has been involved in his books projects including “Legends,” “Body Stories,” “Woza Africa,” “James Cameron’s Titanic,” “Make Up Your Life,” plus “With Marilyn: An Evening/1961,” among others..


The Stieglitz Award:

The Stieglitz Award is a new award given to one photographer annually by the Los Angeles Center of Photography. It is meant to honor an extremely accomplished member of the photographic community—someone who continually gives back to the community, to emerging photographers, to students, and to the LACP.

In 2019, portrait, entertainment and advertising photographer Art Streiber was awarded the prize, presented by awar-dwinning actress, author and activist Jamie Lee Curtis.

“We chose the name, ‘The Stieglitz Award,’ because Alfred Stieglitz, who was born in 1864, is perhaps the most important figure in the history of visual arts in America. Through his many roles—as a photographer, as a discoverer and promoter of photographers, and as a publisher, patron, and collector—he had a greater impact on American photography than any other person has had.”
JULIA DEAN, LACP Executive Director


The Mission/Cause:

For 21 years the Los Angeles Center of Photography has strived to build a community of dedicated photographers and to strengthen the importance of photography as an art form by providing classes and workshops (including online learning options), exhibitions, portfolio reviews, mentorships, lectures and events for photographers of all ages, interests and skill levels. LACP also offers public programs focused on youth and low-income families, including free photography instruction for the Boys & Girls Clubs in and around Los Angeles county. Until the pandemic hit this spring, LACP taught photography to over 100 under-served Los Angeles children through its Boys & Girls Club after-school programs.

LACP seeks to both educate and elevate the Los Angeles-based photography community with a reach that embraces a wide spectrum, from low-income families and their children, to beginning and emerging photographers, to the highest levels of commercial photographers, renowned photographic artists, and the leading galleries and art institutions of Los Angeles.

LACP maintains ongoing relationships with the curators of photography from prestigious Los Angeles museums, including The Getty Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and the Hammer Museum, as well as ties to prominent Los Angeles photography galleries, such as Fahey/Klein and Peter Fetterman.


History and New Space:

LACP is celebrating 21 years of business (six years as a non-profit) and thanks to its Members, Donors and Board of Trustees, the organization was able to move late last year into a beautiful new facility, located in the Mid-City/ West Adams area of Los Angeles, just east of Culver City. The new 6,900 sq. ft. space boasts two dedicated classrooms, a spacious digital lab equipped with large Canon printers, a one-person darkroom, a library housing over 1,000 photo books, offices and a large, striking gallery space with skylights.

With this incredible new Center, LACP plans to increase classes, exhibitions, lectures, portfolio reviews, community events, and outreach to local schools in Los Angeles Unified School District. However, LACP’s programming only covers about half of these administrative costs. The rest comes from individuals, sponsors, grants and donations. Your support will help invest in a vibrant community of photographers in Los Angeles and keep LACP growing and thriving. In addition, you’ll also be supporting our efforts to bring the gift of photography to under-served kids through our free programs at many Boys & Girls Clubs across Los Angeles County.


Supporting Boys & Girls Clubs:

The Los Angeles Center of Photography engages with Boys & Girls Clubs serving students who live in areas throughout Los Angeles that are often recognized as high-risk and low-income. The organization also works with schools and other youth organizations to provide these educational visual art programs. In a time where communication between young and old is being tested, LACP programs present opportunities for all to be brought together through a mutual appreciation of visual arts.

For youth, particularly those in schools and neighborhoods that lack adequate, or even basic funding for the arts, LACP introduces them to one of the most single popular art forms, in what should be an obvious avenue—photography. It seems that every youngster, regardless of economic or social status, has a camera phone. They use the phone for texting messages and simplistic photos, but most kids have no idea how they can actually become proficient photographers capable of better communicating with friends, relatives and potential employers. YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, other such sites can instantly process millions of little photographs but LACP inspires students to advance in their interest in photography and engage in community involvement through this wonderful art form. LACP is providing youth with real cameras and teaching them skills necessary to use the equipment and their own creativity and imagination.


Preview of some photographs available for auction:



LACP Member Rate – FREE
Single Tickets (before October 15th, 2020) – $75
Single Tickets (on or after October 15th, 2020) – $100 (LACP Membership is only $95/year OR $45/year outside California)





Individual Sponsor levels:

Pinhole Level
• 5 event tickets
• Recognition on event materials, e-blasts, social media and website
• Name on opening credit roll and on virtual gallery wall during the event
• Invitation to attend exclusive online preview of auction photographs led by a curator.
• Invitation to attend exclusive donor “Thank You” virtual party/gathering (offered post-Gala in November 2020).

Polaroid Level
• 10 event tickets
• All Pinhole level benefits
• “Champagne with the Kirklands” – an informal, virtual meeting with Douglas & Francoise providing a tour of their beautiful home and studio.

35mm Film Level
$5,000 level
• 50 event tickets
• All Pinhole level benefits

Our Individual Sponsors:

Tracy Albert, The Family of Lawrence D’Attilio, Bill Broder, George Bryson, Victoria Burns, Anne Crawford, Stephanie & Larry Cuneo, Ken Deemer, Michelle & Trey Elkins, Eric Joseph, Bob Nankin, Lori Ordover, Lee Polster, Vickie Pynchon, Evan Siegel

Our Corporate Sponsors:

The California Wellness Foundation, PAC LA, The Shulman Family Foundation, ASMP Los Angeles, Museum of Photographic Arts, APA Los Angeles, B&H Photo, Lenscratch, Think Tank Photo, VC Projects, Freestyle Photographic Supplies, Santa Monica College, Fabrik Projects, The Attias Family Foundation

Our Host Committee Members:

Rose Apodaca, B Akerlund, Eric Buterbaugh, Anne Crawford, Danilo, Jacqui Getty, Greg Gorman, Angela Janklow & Jeff Stein, Lisa Love, Willie Maldonado & Petra Flannery, Bryan Rabin, Norman Reedus, Robert Russell & Lisa Edelstein, Hilary Shor, Michael Shulman, Michael Slenske, Elizabeth Stewart, Betony Vernon, Tatiana Von Furstenberg, Dita Von Teese

Special Thanks To:

Michael Grecco, Andy House, Cassandra Plavoukos and Victor Ramos

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities:

Click HERE to download Sponsor Packet/Outreach Deck
Bryan Rabin, Founder
Event Production: Blue Hats Creative
PR: Evolutionary Media Group



Can’t Attend the Gala? – If you’re unable to attend this event, you can still support the cause. Please donate HERE. Thank you for your support.


Images from Fundraising Gala 2019