© Ellen Korth, Charkow

2017 International Photobook Award Winners Announced…

Photo Independent Announces Winners of The 2017 International Photobook Awards

Ellen Korth, Claire Felicie, Frank Hamrick, Manca Juvan, Stanislav Briza and Susan Burnstine Were Awarded ‘Best Photobooks’.

Los Angeles, Calif. (April 3, 2017) – Photo Independent announces the winners of the 2017 International Photobook Awards. The competition received photobooks from 16 countries. The winning photobooks were selected by a diverse panel of judges, including:

  • Marisa Caichiolo, Curator and Executive Director, Building Bridges Art Exchange
  • Chris Davies, Publisher, Fabrik Magazine
  • Sarah Hadley, Independent Curator and Founder of the Filter Photo Festival
  • Sarah Lee, Curator
  • Douglas Stockdale, Photographer, Author/Book Artist, Photobook Reviewer, Curator

The judges selected six books as Best in Show, three self-published/handmade photobooks and three published photobooks.


  • Ellen Korth, Netherlands: Charkow
  • Claire Felicie, Netherlands: Only The Sky Remains Untouched
  • Frank Hamrick, USA: Harder Than Writing a Good Haiku
2017 International Photobook Award Winners: Self-Published

2017 International Photobook Award Winners: Self-Published


  • Manca Juvan, Slovenia: Guardians of the Spoon — Zalobzba ZRC / ZRC Publishing
  • Stanislav Briza, Czech Republic: Hitchhike — BFLMPSVZ
  • Susan Burnstine, USA: Absence of Being — Damiani
2017 International Photobook Award Winners: Published

2017 International Photobook Award Winners: Published

Honorable Mentions were also awarded to:

  • Jason Paul Reimer, USA: 197 — Dummy Book
  • Shane Lavalette, USA: One Sun, One Shadow — Self-Published
  • Xiomara Bender, Switzerland: North Korea, The Power of Dreams — Kehrer Verlag
  • Steve Diet Goedde, USA: Arrangements -Volume III | 2007-2015 — Century Guild

The Best in Show photobooks, as well as the Four Honorable Mentions will be exhibited and available for purchase during Photo Independent, April 21-23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

About Photo Independent

Now in its fourth year, Photo Independent is championing a new generation of photographers and photobook publishers and is quickly becoming one of the most significant annual photographic events in the United States. Photo Independent is the only international art fair bridging the gap between those who love and collect photography and the artists who make it.

The 2017 program includes iconic photographer Roger Ballen, who will be a Keynote Speaker, provide a workshop on Fine Art Photography and exhibit works from his many bodies of work, including his latest series The Theatre of Apparitions. Other highlights include Charlotte Cotton, who will also give a Keynote, and 2017 Guggenheim Fellow Ken Gonzales-Day.

Special exhibits include: The Mobile Photography Show, The Lumiere Photography Award Winners and an exhibition featuring Street Photography.

Photobook Independent — a special program and exhibition of international photobooks — will again take place alongside Photo Independent, April 21-23, 2017, and will showcase books from over 40 self-publishers, international publishers and photographic artists.


1933 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Dates and Times:

Opening Night Party and Press Preview (please RSVP to caitlin@fabrikmedia.com)
Friday, April 21, 7-10pm

General Fair Hours:

Saturday, April 22, 11am–7pm
Sunday, April 23, 11am–6pm

For more information, please visit: http://photoindependent.com

The following artists will have their Photobooks featured at the 2017 Photo Independent Fair:

  • Alice Q. Hargrave
  • Angela Jimenez
  • Anton Gautama
  • Ara Madzounian
  • Arlene Gottfried
  • Aurora Rubalcaba
  • Brian Rose
  • Burt Ritchie
  • Christian Nilson
  • Claire Felicie
  • Clare Steele
  • Douglas Stockdale
  • Ellen Korth
  • E.O.Hoppé by Phillip Prodger
  • Frank Hamrick
  • Jason Paul Reimer
  • John Eaton
  • Johsel Namkung
  • Julia Fullerton-Batten
  • Kate Stone and Hannah Schneider
  • Keely Edwards
  • Kuzma Vostrikov
  • Johsel Namkung
  • Anton Gautama
  • Linda Troeller
  • Liza Ambrossio
  • Maki Hayashida
  • Manca Juvan
  • Mark Blackman
  • Massimiliano Farina
  • Matthew James O’Brien
  • Mike Callaghan
  • Richard Davidson
  • Richard Humphries
  • Rob Karleskint
  • Ryo Yamanaka
  • Shane Lavalette
  • Stanislav Briza
  • Stefan Boness
  • Stephen Shames
  • Steve Diet Goedde
  • Steven Hirsch
  • Susan Burnstine
  • Tony Arruza
  • William Chan
  • Xiomara Bender

2016 Photobooks List

Artist Talks and Book Signings

All programs and events are free with admission to the fair, but require a reservation. Please click HERE to RSVP.

All artist talks and conversations will take place in the Charlie Chaplin theater. Tours will meet at the entrance to fair. 

You may RSVP the day of the event. 

Friday, April 29, 2016


Curatorial Photobook Walkthrough – RSVP Here

Douglas Stockdale, Photographer, Book Artist, Photobook Commentaries & Independent Curator




Saturday, April 30, 2016


Photo Independent, Curatorial Walkthrough – RSVP Here

Andy RomanoffPhotojournalist, Writer & Correspondent for “L’Oeil de la Photographie” (The Eye of Photography)



Artist Talk – – RSVP Here

Debra Weiss, Creative Consultant, in Conversation with photographer Sara Terry

“Everyone’s A Photographer: The Cell Phone Camera – Revolution or De-Evolution?”

Creative Consultant Debra Weiss and photographer Sara Terry, an early implementer of the mobile phone, get together to discuss the iPhone camera and its impact on photography.  To some, it’s a new art form, to others it signals the death of photography. We’ll explore both sides of this picture in what promises to be a lively discussion.


Shadows, 2004 © Sara Terry


Luther Gerlach: A Demonstration of Collodion Ambrotype Processing and Printing. 

Luther Gerlach is one of the foremost artists working in historical photographic processes. As expert in historical processes he has contributed to the Getty Museum’s Encyclopedia of Photographic Processes.

More information – click here


© Luther Gerlach



Presentation with Q&A- RSVP Here

Carol Lee Brosseau, Art Consultant & Collector, in Conversation with Robert Berman, Gallerist

“Calm Cool & Collected, On Collecting & Getting Collected” 



Book Signing

Kurt Simonson, at Flash Powder Projects

“Northwoods Journals”


© Jennifer Schwartz




Jim McHugh, LA Photographer

“LA Street Artists & Urban Landscapes”, Featuring Artists from SCRATCH & AFTERMATH

Artist Talk- RSVP Here

“The one person who has done more than anyone else to capture the artistic spirit of LA over the last four decades is photographer Jim McHugh. His intimate portraits of Californian artists are unparalleled, reflecting his close relationships with many of these artists and a deep understanding of their art.”

Edward Goldman, Host of KCRW’s “Art Talk”, Los Angeles 2015

 Jim McHugh’s latest project includes LA Urban Landscapes and collaborations with LA Street Artists, including Big Sleeps and Joe “Prime” Reza, as well as Axis, Cre8, Alex “Defer” Kizu, Eyeone, Fishe, Gajin Fujita, Juan Carlos Munoz Hernandez and Miner.






Sunday, May 1, 2016

10:30-11:30 am

Photo Independent, Curatorial Walkthrough – RSVP Here

Shana Nys Dambrot, Art Critic and Curator (Artbound, Whitehot, Flaunt, VS, Art Ltd, Huffington Post)




Douglas Stockdale Photobook Walkthrough- RSVP Here

Douglas Stockdale, Photographer, Book Artist, Photobook Commentaries & Independent Curator



Luther Gerlach: A Demonstration of Collodion Ambrotype Processing and Printing. 

Luther Gerlach is one of the foremost artists working in historical photographic processes. As expert in historical processes he has contributed to the Getty Museum’s Encyclopedia of Photographic Processes.

More information – click here


© Luther Gerlach



Ken Light, Artist Talk- RSVP Here

“What’s Going On, America 1969-1974”

Ken Light’s monograph of his earliest photos from 1969 to 1974 document the social landscape of America as it roiled with upheaval. He began as a participant in the youth movement and then became an observer of the entire spectrum of the cultural and political wars in America. Light criss-crossed the country with youthful passion and a yearning to explain his country to himself, asking, “What’s going on?”


Belgesel fotografÁ˝ Ken light ve e˛i Melanie light. 24 haziran 2009. (zaman/k¸r˛at bayhan)


© Ken Light


Ken Light, Book Signing

Ken Light, at Photobook Competition Table

“For another thick, juicy slice of the real, pick up Ken Light’s What’s Going On? 1969-1974 a collection of the photojournalist’s earliest work, documenting the riled-up politicized counterculture in which he came of age……His books- with endpapers that reproduce letters from his FBI surveillance files-starts out looking like a student radicals Joe Szabo’s Teenage and ends up with a sequence of furiously engaged reportage that recalls Danny Lyon and Larry Fink. “—- Vince Aletti– Photograph, January 2016




Artist Talk / Presentation with Q&A- RSVP Here

Melvin Sokolsky, Photographer, in Conversation with Nicholas Fahey, Gallerist

On Photography, Perspectives – Now & Then

On the Seine, 1963, © Melvin Sokolsky

Sokolsky_Over New York 1963

Over New York, 1963, © Melvin Sokolsky


Lip Streaks 1967 © Melvin Sokolsky


Carmen Las Meninas 1960 © Melvin Sokolsky


Artist Talk / Presentation with Q&A- RSVP Here

Alec Byrne, Photographer, in Conversation with Drew Evans, über Editions

London Rock, The Rediscovered Rock Photography of Alec Byrne, 1966-1976

Mick and Jimi © Alec Byrne www.uberarchives.com

© Alec Byrne

If what they say is true and remembering the 60s means you weren’t really there, then photographer Alec Byrne is the exception that proves the rule.

Coming of age in swinging 60s London, Alec began shooting rock stars at the tender age of 16 as a stringer for Melody Maker and New Musical Express. Before long he had established his own agency, selling photos of music icons to magazines all over the world. Then, at 26 he decided to move on to the next chapter of his life here in California. His negatives went into storage for nearly 40 years, until 2012, when a handful were dusted off and printed for a one-night-only exhibition, Rock & Roll Time Capsule, at Smashbox Studios here in L.A. What was envisioned as a small show for the true-blue rock photography fan turned into a phenomenon attended by over 1,000 people.

Now in the editing process for London Rock (Insight Editions), a comprehensive retrospective of his decade in the trenches of the London music scene, Alec will be stopping by Photo Independent for a first-look slide show of images under consideration for the book, many of which will be seeing the light of day for the first time. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear first hand stories from the golden age of rock & roll from someone who lived it up close and personal.

To be followed by signing of the limited edition Rock & Roll Time Capsule catalog.

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Luther Gerlach: A Demonstration of Collodion Ambrotype Processing and Printing.


I will be producing wet plate collodion ambrotypes on 22×30” pieces of stained glass. This process dates from the early 1850’s. I built the camera being used to produce these images. I will demonstrate using a variety of historical lenses from my personal collection. My traveling darkroom is a repurposed 25-passenger airport shuttlebus. Each demonstration will take approximately 45 minutes: 15 minutes to contextualize the process (historical significance, personal experience), then for about half an hour I will go over every step of the process as I produce the image.

About Luther Gerlach

Luther Gerlach is one of the foremost artists working in historical photographic processes. For the past 30 years, he has been involved with many aspects of the art form, including lecturing and demonstrating at museums, universities and private workshops; building the cameras he works with and collecting lenses, cameras and other historical photographic technologies. Gerlach has conducted workshops and master classes across the United States and Europe, including at the inaugural European Wet plate collodion symposium. As expert in historical processes he has contributed to the Getty Museum’s Encyclopedia of Photographic Processes. As an artist, “my main emphasis is working with the poetic structure of light to coax layers of meaning and beauty from my subject matter.”

Gerlach uses his extensive collection of antique cameras and lenses for his work, with a special focus on mammoth plate cameras. His primary focus for the last 15 years has been the wet plate collodion process. Gerlach has done over 200 on-site demonstrations, lectures and workshops at the J. Paul Getty Museum and was a featured speaker at the 2015 Alternative Photographic International Symposium. He has taught historical photographic processes at universities around the country, including UCLA, Art Center, Tulane, Brooks Institute of Photography and New York Film School. His work is exhibited internationally and included in major private and museum collections.

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Photo Independent After Hours Party

Sexy Exhibition Presented by Artists Corner Gallery

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Hours – 7-10p.m
RSVP: afterhours@artistscorner.us

AfterHoursParty-Main-ImageSEXY is Voluptuous, Trending, Elegant and Perverse. SEXY is Hot. Hedonic. Nasty and Nice. SEXY is Very sex positive. And while the Getty breaks down barriers with Robert Mapplethorpe’s Sexy exhibition, we want to break down some barriers, too. — Phil Tarley

PHOTOGRAPHERS EXHIBITING: Boris Bezroukov, Mark Stout, Bobbi Bennett, Franz Szony, Phil Tarley, Stephanie Vovas, Karen Bystedt, Anthony Newman, Mitchell Rose, Kathy Curtis Cahill, Mei Xian Qui, Dani Olivier, Brooke Mason, Jerry Weber, Brad Branson, Bobby E. Brown, Asher Kelman, Mike Spitz, Robert Presser, Jaimie Milner, Bojana Novakovic, Sol Hill, Jan Burns, David Covarrubias, Daryl Henderson, Eric Stampfli, Dijon Hierlehy, Michael Grecco, and Bravo Valenti.

Artists Corner Gallery
6585 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles


Impasse © Susan Burnstine

Defining the Personal Narrative with Susan Burnstine Workshop

Date: Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24, 2016
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: Early Bird – Before April 1: $350; After April 1: $395
Location: Raleigh Studios, 5300 Melrose Ave. Hollywood, California
Tickets: Can be purchased through Eventbrite.

This two-day workshop focuses on exploring and realizing individual narratives through the power of the still image. Using metaphor, symbolism and personal stories participants will learn to articulate and refine their vision in any genre of the medium, whether that be landscapes, portraits, still life, nature, abstract, photojournalism, self-portrait or documentary. As photographers, our images are deeply rooted in personal emotion despite being self-created or found scenarios. The aim of this workshop is to guide photographers to become emotionally connected to each image they create, and to convey their vision in a meaningful, honest and consistent manner.

Bridge To Nowhere © Susan Burnstine

Bridge To Nowhere © Susan Burnstine

Participants will explore their own personal narratives, aesthetics and psychology in image making. Through practical demonstrations, creative exercises, group discussions, shooting assignments and portfolio reviews, photographers will leave the workshop encouraged and inspired to grow to the next level of their creative potential. Additional topics will include, long term project development, techniques, editing portfolios, marketing, publishing and exhibitions.

Join Susan for a rich exploration of the self, as we harness the power of photography to realize individual narratives.

Click here to register and purchase tickets for the workshop.

About Susan Burnstine

Susan Burnstine is an award-winning fine art and commercial photographer originally from Chicago now based in Los Angeles. Susan is represented in galleries across the world, widely published, teaches workshops internationally, and has also written for several photography magazines, including a monthly column for Black & White Photography Magazine (UK). Damiani Editore will publish Susan’s second book, Absence of Being, this fall. Her web site is www.susanburnstine.com.

Around The Bend © Susan Burnstine

Around The Bend © Susan Burnstine


In The Midst © Susan Burnstine

In The Midst © Susan Burnstine


Impasse © Susan Burnstine

Impasse © Susan Burnstine

Syria, Aleppo, 2013 © Moises Saman/Magnum Photos

Photo Independent and Magnum Photos Present Los Angeles Workshops with Constantine Manos, Bruce Gilden and Moises Saman

Photo Independent is proud to announce a partnership with Magnum Photos. For nearly seventy years, Magnum’s international photographers have chronicled the world; interpreting its environment, people and events and helping to shape documentary photography as a modern form of artistic expression.

Magnum WorshopsPhoto Independent is championing a new generation of photographers creating pathways; helping to forge new careers. A partnership with Magnum is a great way to do that. Fostering the work of mid-career photographic artists, these Magnum and Photo Independent programs highlight and nurture the work of up and coming emerging artists as well.

Photo Independent has teamed up with Magnum to offer a brand new program of professional development workshops, April 18-22, 2016. Taught by leading Magnum photographers and industry professionals, the program presents incredible training opportunities for innovative photography professionals.

Aimed at photographers with a good understanding of photographic practice, each Magnum photographer will lead their groups through a daily program of shooting, reviews, group critiques, mentoring, editing sessions and the opportunity to learn amongst peers. Students will spend the five days alongside their selected photographer developing visual language, photographic identity, practical, technical and conceptual skills and the expertise required to compete in a changing marketplace. Participants will be asked to approach a photographic story in Los Angeles or the surrounding area. Upon acceptance, students will be emailed a welcome package with directives from their instructor as well as pertinent details about the workshop and information on traveling to and working in Los Angeles.

The initial workshops will be lead by prominent Magnum photographers Constantine Manos, Moises Saman and Bruce Gilden. Each photographer will lead students through a focused program:

Constantine Manos: The Extraordinary and The Everyday

The primary mission of this workshop is to teach precise techniques for photographing in the public domain unobtrusively at close range – combining people, place, and moment in unique images. Students will strive to capture magic moments that make complex statements and reflect your personal feelings toward the subject matter.

Click here for further details and to signup for the workshops.

Daytona Beach, Florida, 1997 © Constantine Manos/Magnum Photos

Daytona Beach, Florida, 1997 © Constantine Manos/Magnum Photos

Moises Saman: Visual Storytelling

This intensive five day program designed to guide and encourage photographers in refining visual narratives in the Magnum tradition of documentary storytelling.

Click here for further details and to signup for the workshops.

Syria, Aleppo, 2013 © Moises Saman/Magnum Photos

Syria, Aleppo, 2013 © Moises Saman/Magnum Photos

Bruce Gilden: Be Yourself

Open to both passionate amateurs and professionals, Bruce Gilden’s workshop will help you define your personal vision, sharing with you his own experience and the principles that have guided his career.

Click here for further details and to signup for the workshops.

Las Vegas, Nevada, 2014 © Bruce Gilden/Magnum Photos

Las Vegas, Nevada, 2014 © Bruce Gilden/Magnum Photos

Click here for further details and to signup for the workshops.

Celebrating a Successful Inaugural Edition

From April 25-27, the Los Angeles art community celebrated the inaugural debut of Photo Independent with great enthusiasm and support. Garnering notable attention, the highly successful art fair boasted a non-traditional approach, exhibiting the works of both represented and non-gallery represented photographers from around the globe. Amidst the backdrop of one of Hollywood’s most historical studio lots, the curated work of over 70 independent artists adorned the walls inside two full sound stages at Raleigh Studios, Hollywood. Additionally, select galleries and collectives exhibited work by prominent local and international artists completing a roster that reflected today’s diverse photographic landscape.

Enter, 2011. ©Katerina Belkina. Presented by Duncan Miller Gallery.

Enter, 2011. ©Katerina Belkina. Presented by Duncan Miller Gallery.

“Photo Independent was a very good first experience for us in the US market,” noted Lebanon artist Fares Jammal. “The fair provided us with a window for meeting art professionals in a beautifully organized setup.”

Among the numerous highlights from this year’s fair was Photo Independent and Fabrik Magazine’s showcase of the iconic, winning pieces from AX3 (American Aperture Awards) as well as a rare photographic exhibition by 2014 Honoree Andy Summers from the band The Police. Both exhibitions incited great anticipation and enthusiasm from art professionals around the world.

Photo Independent commenced with an opening night party benefiting the Los Angeles Art Association and featuring performance art by Tiffany Trenda, music by KCRW DJRaul Campos, and beverages sponsored by Koval Distillery, Dark Horse Winery, Angel City Brewery, and Perrier. Visitors included top gallerists, museum directors, avid collectors, curators, art critics, and photography aficionados.  In all, Photo Independent hosted thousands of guests throughout the weekend who attended exhibitions, curated tours and lectures, and the opening night party, garnering strong sales and interest that exceeded expectations.

“Photo Independent was the opportunity for me to enter the professional world of photography collectors, gallerists, curators and other serious photographers who value the art of photography and are willing to pay for it,” remarked artist Felice Willat of California.

Many artists found great success in gaining exposure and acquiring sales. Amongst the top sellers were artists Tatiana Botton (Los Angeles/Hawaii), Antoine Rose (Belgium), Laurent Maes (Belgium), Torrie Groening (Canada), and Doug Menuez (New York).

As the first photographer-only art fair showcasing fine art photographers, Photo Independent’s mission is to provide a unique forum of exchange between photographers and art professionals through exhibitions and specialized programs. Artists including prominent California photographer Elisabeth Sunday showed her enthusiasm for this mission remarking, “I love Photo Independent! I believe artists should develop their own lists of contacts and collectors to empower themselves so they can become less reliant on dealers and galleries for their livelihoods.”

The fair is pleased to announce the second edition of Photo Independent will be returning to Raleigh Studios and taking place May 1-3, 2015.

2014 Exhibitor List Announced

With over 70 exhibitors from around the globe, we are excited to announce the following exhibiting photographers for the 2014 Photo Independent Art Fair:

Adam Moskowitz, Los Angeles
Ahree Lee, Los Angeles
Allen Dutton, Los Angeles
Antoine Rose, Belgium
Bill Hornaday, Los Angeles
Bob Francis, Hermosa Beach, California
Boopsedaisy, Australia
Brian Goodman, Los Angeles
Christopher Colville, Arizona
Christopher Kennedy, Pennsylvania
Claire Mallett, Los Angeles
Damian Siqueiros, Canada
Dave Naz, Los Angeles
Doug Menuez, New York
Drew Klausner, San Rafael, California
Ed Fox, Los Angeles
Edward Burden, New York
Elisabeth Sunday, Oakland, California
Eric Kroll, Los Angeles
Fares Jammal & Wissam Moubarak, Lebanon
Felice Willat, Santa Barbara, California
Glen Wexler, Los Angeles
Helen K. Garber, Venice, California
Ian Provest, Australia
J.T. Burke, Los Angeles
James B. Guthrie, San Diego, California
Jamie Johnson, Los Angeles
Javiera Estrada, Los Angeles
Jennifer Griffiths, Laguna Beach, California
Jerry Weber, Los Angeles
Jessie Chaney, Venice, California
John Colao, Los Angeles
Joseph B. Bornilla, Los Angeles
Judith Stenneken, New York
Karen Bystedt, Los Angeles

Katerina Belkina, Russia
Laura Parker, Los Angeles
Laurent Maes, Belgium
Lekha Singh, Los Angeles
Lisa S. Johnson, Nevada
Marcel del Castillo, Venezuela
Marjorie Salvaterra, Los Angeles
Maureen J. Haldeman, Los Angeles
Michael Grecco, Los Angeles
Michael B. Wood, Los Angeles
Nancy Macko, Claremont, California
Nick Veasey, Great Britain
Ole Marius Joergensen, Norway
Philipp Scholz Rittermann, San Diego, California
Reisig and Taylor Photography, Los Angeles
Richard Upper, Los Angeles
Rico Mandel, Los Angeles
Robert Adler, Los Angeles
Robert Tamara, Netherlands
Sarah Hadley, Los Angeles
Scott Lerman, New York
Sol Hill, Santa Barbara, California
Steve Diet Goedde, Los Angeles
Susan Burnstine, Los Angeles
Susan Keiser, New York
Susan Swihart, Los Angeles
Sven Dreesbach, Los Angeles
Takeo Hayano, Japan
Tami Bahat, Los Angeles
Tatiana Botton, Los Angeles
Tina Psoinos, New York
Torrie Groening, Canada
Victor Lightworship, Los Angeles
Wally Gilbert, Cambridge, MA
William Berry, Los Angeles

We also welcome honorary guest, artist and musician, Andy Summers from the globally recognized band, The Police, presenting a special exhibition titled “Mysterious Barricades.” Summers has also been named the Guest of Honor at the Photo Independent Opening Night Preview benefitting the Los Angeles Art Association on April 25 from 7pm-10pm.

Photo Independent will showcase Special Exhibitions from the following partners and organizations:

  • Robert Heinecken’s, “Venus Mirrored”, 1968. Presented by Medicines Global
  • Los Angeles Art Association
  • American Aperture Awards (AX3) Photography Competition
  • Coagula Curatorial
  • Curatorial Assistance, Art & Exhibition Services
  • Off The Wall Magazine
  • Treats Magazine


2014 Honorary Guest, Andy Summers

Rain © Andy Summers

Rain © Andy Summers

Photo Independent proudly announces artist, Andy Summers as the honorary guest and special exhibition Mysterious Barricades, for it’s inaugural debut this April 25-27, 2014.

Mysterious Barricades, 2014

Andy Summers has been a visual artist for as long as he has been playing the guitar. First taking his camera on the road with The Police, his photographic practice grew into a continuously evolving body of work. From the beginning, he has been drawn to the mysterious and ambiguous; from capturing the alienation and absurdity of life on the road, to exploring the far off worlds encountered on his tours and travels, always seeking the entry point at the edge of perception and understanding.

Mysterious Barricades explores the surreal and landscape of the unfamiliar, challenging the barriers of that which is unknowable in the unknown. It is a story of the odd, exotic, and remarkable moment, transformed by the blind vision of the other into artistic expression.

In Andy Summers visual interpretation, obscure changing environments and cultures comes into focus, captured as raw moments, immediate feelings, and a seeing into the elusive essence of the other world. His works seek out the dialectic of nearness and distance, both clear and diffuse, in the deep night blacks of cities such as Tokyo, Beijing, London and Rome.

In Mysterious Barricades, Andy Summers breaks through the barricades of the unfamiliar, to see in a way that only the stranger can see, free from context and conditioning, sharing a blind vision with the observer. This photographic collection seeks the idea of the ambiguous like atonal music, breaking conventional harmonies. It is a solitary song, tapping into the inner voice; a visual journey through focal points that obstruct, through fragments of a moment—random but intimate—pulling energy from the enigmatic to explore the labyrinth inside.

On View
April 25-27, 2014
Photo Independent Art Fair
Raleigh Studios, Hollywood