Thursday, December 15, 2011

Programs, Programs Everywhere

As we wind down this year and get ready for the next, Photo Friends & the LAPL Photo Collection have already lined-up a full slate of programs for 2012.

We were thrilled to learn that Ted Soqui, our presenter for the Photographer's Eye program in April, had one of his images selected for the cover of  the upcoming issue of Time Magazine. The photo has been interpreted by artist Shepard Fairey for the annual "Person of the Year" issue.

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The tentative program schedule for 2012 is:

Wednesday, February 15th, 12:15pm
Photographer's Eye 
Beth Ann Guynn, curator of the exhibition A Nation Emerges: The Mexican Revolution Revealed (Central Library, Getty Gallery September 8, 2011–June 3, 2012), discusses the emerging practice of photojournalism during the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920).

Saturday, February 18th, 2:00pm
From Vaudeville to the Nickelodeon: A History of the Illustrated Song
The early days of silent cinema included more than just films.  Join Galen Wilkes as he reveals the fascinating story of the Illustrated Song - once a standard on the program.  History, humor, and censored material! Pre-show at 1:30 

Saturday, March 10th, 2:00pm
L.A. in Focus: Images from the LAPL Photo Collection 
Kevin Roderick, local journalist, editor, blogger, and author of The San Fernando Valley : America's Suburb, presents images from the Los Angeles Public Library's Valley Times collection.

Wednesday,  April 18th, 12:30pm
Photographer's Eye
Photographer Ted Soqui, and Glynn Martin, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Police Historical Society, discuss Soqui's images of the 1992 Los Angeles Riots for the 20th anniversary of the events.

Saturday, June 9th, 2:00pm
L.A. in Focus: Images from the LAPL Photo Collection
David Davis, author of the upcoming Showdown at Shepherd's Bush: The 1908 Olympic Marathon and the Three Runners Who Launched a Sporting Craze, presents images of the 1932 & 1984 Summer Olympic Games from the LAPL Photo Collection.

Wednesday, June 13th, 12:30pm
Photographer's Eye
Graphic artist and photographer Bob Seidemann discusses his collection of images entitled The Airplane as Art.

September - Date TBD
L.A. in Focus: Images from the LAPL Photo Collection
Kathy Kobayashi discusses her involvement with the landmark Shades of L.A. project  20 years later.

Wednesday, October 17th, 12:30pm
Photographer's Eye
Photographer Sara Jane Boyers. Details forthcoming.
October - Date TBD
L.A. in Focus: Images from the LAPL Photo Collection 
Writer and social historian Joan Renner continues her exploration of the dark side of Southern California in a presentation focusing on crime photos from the Herald-Examiner collection, and drawn from the stories of legendary Los Angeles newswoman Agness Underwood.  

All programs are at Central Library, free and open to the public, with no reservations required. Check back often for more details or sign up for the Photo Friends monthly email blast: 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Los Angeles Through the Lens of Carleton Watkins - December 10th at Central Library

Preeminent 19th century landscape photographer, Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916) came to Southern California on two occasions: once in 1877 and again in 1880. These trips enabled Watkins to produce some of the earliest and most resonant images of Los Angeles ever made. In celebration of the publication of Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs, a book that was thirty years in the making, author Weston Naef and contributor Jennifer Watts will discuss Watkins's working method and his imagery in an illustrated presentation.

When: Saturday, December 10, 2:00pm
Where: Central Library - Taper Auditorium - 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Free and open to the public. No reservations required.