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Los Angeles Photography Museums and Galleries

Where to Find Art by Famous and Emerging Photographers

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LA is an image town in more ways than one. The moving image may garner the most attention in relation to the iconography of Los Angeles. But this town is also home to some incredible photo museums and galleries that channel that celluloid spirit and also feature work by architectural, landscape, abstract, surrealist and still life photographers. Here is a list of photography galleries and museums in Los Angeles that should inspire us all to slow down our fast-paced ‘moving pictures’ lifestyle, and appreciate some frame-by-frame artistic moments.

Annenberg Space for Photography

This relatively young state-of-the-art gallery (opened in 2009) has featured the work of both local and international photographers. The Space has showcased photography by Julius Shulman, Tim Street-Porter, Douglas Kirland, Greg Gorman, Neil Leifer and Walter Iooss. Themes have included sports photography and images of Los Angeles.

2000 Ave. of the Stars 
Los Angeles, CA 90067
(between Constellation and Olympic)
213-403-3000

The Vault

The Vault (formerly Celebrity Vault) features photographic artwork depicting everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix to James Dean. The Vault's roster of photographers also boasts Richard Miller, Terry O’Neill and Gered Mankowitz.

6150 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
310-202-7166

Drkrm. Gallery

This East Side photographic gallery specializes in more under-the-radar counterculture work and shows. Sometimes taboo and alternative subjects like ghosts, gay identity, horror film iconography, brothels, AIDS activism, and punk are explored at this intimate space. Photographers showcased have included Michael Kearns, Patrick Kelly, Alan Kroeber and Joseph Rodriguez.

2121 N. San Fernando Rd. 
Suite 3
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(between Cazador and Division)
323-223-6867

Duncan Miller Gallery

Gallery impresario Daniel Miller buoys this space with his impeccable taste for photography of all genres--from fashion to rock n’ roll, to surrealism. The three-room gallery features work by famed shutterbugs like Jim Marshall and Edward Weston, as well as other more obscure artists, and Miller’s own cool finds like Chema Madoz.

10959 Venice Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(between Military and Greenfield)
310-838-2440

Fahey/Klein Gallery

Opened in 1986, Fahey/Klein has been a marquis name in the LA gallery scene for as long as I can remember. The art space specializes in rare work by vintage and contemporary photographic artists like Alfred Stieglitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Irving Penn, Man Ray, and Herb Ritts. The works range from journalistic reportage and sports and music figures, to still lives and nudes.

148 N. La Brea Ave. 
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(between Beverly and 1st)
323-934-2250

Jan Kesner Gallery

Jan Kesner Gallery specializes in 20th century master and contemporary photography. This includes classic work by Imogen Cunningham, Ansel Adams and George Hurrell as well as ‘modern classics’ by edgy photographers like Larry Clark and Diane Arbus. The work is viewable by appointment only.

164 N. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(between Beverly and 1st)
323-938-6834

M&B Gallery

This is one of the top photography galleries in Los Angeles. Here, you’ll find discriminating work by a range of artists from California to Italy and beyond. This was one of the first galleries (quite possibly the first) in California to exhibit the work of Massimo Vitali--a sort of contemporary hip photographic Hieronymus Bosch. M&B has also showcased work by Hunter S. Thompson, Howard L. Bingham and local surf photographer Leroy Grannis.

612 N. Almont Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
(between Melrose and Santa Monica)
310-550-0050

Peter Fetterman Gallery

For two plus decades, this gallery has showcased select contemporary and emerging photographic artists. Its namesake, Peter Fetterman was an independent film producer who turned his passion for photography into a full time career. Artists in the gallery’s fold include Dan Budnik, Georges Dambier, William Klein, Byung-Hun Min, Helen Levitt and Bob Whitaker.

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave.
Gallery A7
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(off 24th)
310-453-6463

Photographers’ Gallery

This gallery features an impressive archival collection whose topics run the gamut from cityscapes and architecture to celebrities and abstracts. You might find, for instance, rarely seen images of Bettie Page and Marilyn Monroe by Harold Lloyd here. Photographers’ Gallery also hosts shows for newer and emerging photographers such as Marcus Doyle, Kerik Kouklis, Alex Maclean and Lucie & Simon.

145A N. La Brea Ave. 
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(between Beverly and 1st)
323-938-8000

Rose Gallery

Public exhibits at this Bergamot Station gallery change on a bimonthly basis. Rose Gallery features work by artists like Doroethea Lange, Graciela Iturbide, and William Eggleston. The pieces are wide-ranging--everything from vintage to contemporary.

2525 Michigan Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(off 24th)
310-264-8440

Stephen Cohen Gallery

One of my personal favorite photography galleries in LA, Stephen Cohen has hosted some really memorable exhibits. The gallery has shown work by Amy Arbus, a New York street scene photographer who is of course Diane Arbus’ daughter. It also hosted an amazing exhibition of the obscure genre of spirit photography from the 19th century. Some of the gallery's artists include Jonathan Torgovnik, Larry Clark and Suzy Spence.

7358 Beverly Blvd. 
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(between Fuller and Martel)
323-937-5525

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