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.
“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.