Paris Photo LA

Paris Photo LA

Friday, April 25, 2014Sunday, April 27, 2014

Fraenkel Gallery
San Francisco, CA USA

Paris Photo LA
Paramount Pictures Studios
Los Angeles

Among the highlights of Fraenkel Gallery's booth is a finely detailed new black-and-white portrait, more than six feet in height, by Richard Learoyd. Agnes (2013) is part of Learoyd's extended portrait series of a model he has photographed over the course of six years using his own camera obscura--a room-sized camera that produces a grainless image with a rich tonal variation. It is hard to fathom, but at this scale, this is a contact print--perhaps the largest contact print known. Method aside, however, the picture is a powerful portrait that elicits a visceral reaction from viewers.

Fraenkel Gallery is also devoting a wall of the booth to a lively installation of some 17 color portraits of great American musicians and jazz artists--including Aretha Franklin, John Coltrane, Ray Charles and Duke Ellington--photographed by the jazz-influenced Lee Friedlander, whose own work is often a jazz-like improvisation.