The title of “fashion photographer” has a lot of baggage. You think of a person who takes straightforward photos of models and occasional creates interesting, unrealistic worlds for fashionable whimsy to take place. Bennet Perez is a Los Angeles fashion photographer and he absolutely does not subscribe to that idea of presenting clothes on film. His eye for style is a lot more interesting and often funny. There is an artistry to his work and a bluntness. He doesn’t shoot fashion as a precious something: he shoots things as they are, even risking the subject looking ugly (“ugly”) as a result.
MOLAA in Long Beach is welcoming a show of photos from Frida Kahlo. How wild is that? It’s on view March 16 through June 8 with an opening on March 15 and FRIDAMANIA on March 16.
Photographer Eduardo Medrano has an interest in architecture. He likes to capture buildings that play big roles in urban environments, spaces that are responsible for a city’s evolution. He doesn’t shoot spaces in a fluffy way but with an angle loving appreciation for the design of a building. His photographs of the Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters Downtown is an excellent example of this considering he was able to turn the “common” building into an odd, entrancing landmark.
We could probably dedicate an entire subset of the website to the work of LA photo duo JUCO. They’re so good! And always working. They have an eye for color and texture, juxtaposition and humor that is execute absolutely flawlessly. A recent example of this is a personal photo study called Painted Backdrops where they painted backdrops and put models in matching clothing. They’ve created what could almost be seen as artistic camouflage, for when you need to blend into the background (but still want to be wearing bright clothes).
Thanks to the Xiu Xiu crew, we found ourselves perusing a book haikus by band frontman Jamie Stewart. We then found ourselves down the Internet rabbit hole of MINIATURE GARDEN, a small book publisher that makes pretty rad work. The most recent release for them is an outdoor LA focused work by photographer Amanda Marsalis. She took a ton of photographs of LA plant wildlife effectively making a still documentary about all the green creatures found in our city.