I have been in LA for a few days now, I have to say my flights weren’t great, I don’t know why but I just couldn’t sleep very well so once I got to my Hostel I had a nap… I didn’t wake up till 5 pm so that threw out my whole sleeping pattern and I’m still paying for it….
So this time round I really wanted to check out a few photography gallery, I mean I’m in LA there has to be a million around right? I have been following this page on Facebook called Time Out, it’s a blog/ directory that helps discover whatever city you are in. I was only on their site for about 5 minutes before I found a few list of photography galleries. I planned out my day by where the galleries were located and what times they opened.
My first stop was Fahey Klein Gallery, it was the closest to my hostel and it had free entry. It is a small but intimate gallery. The staff were so friendly and helpful. The exhibit that was running was by Lauren Greenfield and called Generation Wealth. It was a body of work she had been creating over the past 25 years about people and their positions and from all over the world.
“Beginning in Los Angeles in the early 1990’s Lauren Greenfield documented youth culture and its preoccupation with celebrity, status, and affluence. This powerful microcosm would prove to be the very epicenter of wealth and celebrity obsession, as Greenfield witnessed its pervasive effects spread across the nation, reaching every corner of America regardless of region or class. Greenfield photographed the mega mansions, luxury hotels, private parties, beauty pageants, and designer bags that began to symbolize wealth, success, and fulfillment in America. As this phenomenon spread globally, Greenfield moves onto the pinnacle of affluence— the wealthy Russian, Chinese, and European super rich whose excess is dizzying in comparison.
With the incredible closeness and candor that Lauren Greenfield’s photographs are synonymous with, her subjects begin to reveal more than the flashy and fleeting outward displays of status, wealth, and beauty. Greenfield brings the real cost of all this artifice into focus, whether it is the painful image of a patient undergoing plastic surgery or the shells of mid-constructed homes abandoned during the economic collapse. The consequences of a decades-long pursuit of more are complex and take many forms: financial fallout, body image insecurities, addiction, and ultimately dissatisfaction.”
I don’t know if its because I am a photographer but it felt like each image gave you and incite into someone’s life.
While I was there Lauren was there! I was so excited but way too shy to talk to her, but she did a walk through and talk about the images and how she came up with the show, what inspired it all. She also wrote a book about Generation Wealth. Of course, I purchased it and she signed it personally to me so that was pretty cool! I was there for a few hours just asking questions and taking photos. I found out that Lauren has also created a film documentary on everyone in the book that she has photographed. It will be coming out on Amazon hopefully by the end of the year.
After leaving there I jumped in an Uber and headed to the next gallery, The Annenberg Space for Photography. This gallery is also free. This gallery was a lot bigger and with more pieces of work, and there were videos running, little snippets of documentaries. Funny enough it was the same show Generation Wealth. It had different images and more information from the book with the images. It was really good to see more of her work but I am differently happy I went to the first gallery and I had the chance to meet Lauren. Plus I have the book!
By this point it was about 2 pm, I was getting tired from not sleeping and hungry so I got an Uber back to the hostel to drop of this giant book then head out to get food. I decide to walk down to The Grove.
I had a look around and grab a bite to eat. While I was there, there was a classic car show on so I checked them out before heading back to the hostel to chill out.