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Photo LA, Melvin Sokolsky


    02 February 2019

    A loud murmur fills the tall, curved hall of the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on the occasion of the opening of PHOTO LA 2019. The Motto: Collect & Connect - With 70 local and international galleries and dealers, collectives, nonprofits, art schools, global booksellers and special installations. This fair is a mecca for fine art lovers and collectors of fine art photography.

    By Katja Schmolka @katjaschmolka

    As far as the eye can see, framed and unframed photographs line the white walls of the exhibition hall. From abstract to classic, black and white and colour, everything is represented here. A series of photos particularly touches me as I wander the hall. Namely, a set of three black and white photographs by the American cult fashion photographer Melvin Sokolsky also named The Fantasist. No one else had his models float in a giant clear custom Plexiglas ball over the Hudson River with the Manhattan skyline in the background. In a time when technical possibilities were still in their infancy, this was a real sensation. Known for his surrealistic photography, his mystical bubble series received cult status.


    The art, fashion and nature captured in the striking stories of the photographs, contrasting with the dialogue between the industry elite and the up-and-coming talents curated with great sensitivity and style, is particularly intriguing at PHOTO LA. After all, PHOTO LA is the oldest international photography art fair on the West Coast with nearly three decades under its belt. Which is remarkable considering the ephemeral world of art. 

    As I am on my way to the exit I pass by again at the photograph with the girl in the floating plexiglass bubble.  I just can´t take my eyes off that image, it´s magical.

    PHOTO LA will run until the 3rd of February 2019 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica.

    Public Hours: Friday through Sunday from 11 until 4 pm.





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