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photo l.a. 2008:
the 17th Annual International Los Angeles
Photographic Art Exposition

January 10-13, 2008

Artfairs inc., producer of the highly acclaimed art fairs photo Miami and ART LA, is pleased to announce that photo l.a. 2008, the 17th Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition, which will take place January 10-13, 2008.

Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 12, noon to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 13, noon to 6:00 p.m.

Tickets are $20 for a one-day pass and $30 for a three-day pass.

The Conversations with Artists series of lectures are co-sponsored with LACMA and are free to the public. The Conversation with Julius Shulman will cost $10, as well a Sunday morning seminar on Book Collecting. Onsite collecting seminars are $80 (includes a three day pass and catalog). Student discounts for lectures and the fair are available with valid I.D.

At the opening night reception scheduled for Thursday, January 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., artfairs, inc. will welcome to Los Angeles, and photo l.a. 2008, the new Department Head and Curator of Photography at LACMA, Charlotte Cotton. Renowned architectural photographer Julius Shulman will be honored with photo l.a.’s inaugural lifetime achievement award in association with The Center -- a nonprofit organization that honors, supports and provides opportunity for gifted and committed photographers. Proceeds from the opening night reception will benefit the Photography Department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Tickets to the opening benefit reception on Thursday, January 10, 2008 are $80 (which includes 1-day pass to the show). To order tickets to the benefit reception, email the Photography Department of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art at or contact the event hotline at (323) 932-5846.

All exhibition, lecture and preview reception tickets are available for purchase at the door or in advance. Seminar tickets should be purchased in advance. For additional information on photo l.a. 2008, visit

To see a full list of exhibitors, click here.

Some of the photos you will see there:

Balthasar Burkhard
Rio Negro, 2002
Silver gelatin print on barite paper
23,5 x 63 inches
Iron frame
Edition of 7

Balthasar Burkhard
Chicago, 2004
Silver gelatin print on barite paper
49,2 x 70,9 inches
Iron frame
Edition of 7

Balthasar Burkhard
Shanghai, 2005
Silver gelatin print on barite paper
54,7 x 82,7 inches
Iron frame
Edition of 7

Pierre Crocquet
Morning coffee
Silver gelatin hand print
75 x 60 cm
From a series of work entitled EnterExit.
Courtesy of the Photographers Gallery za

Nicola Vinci
Il Beneficio Del Dubbio
Benefit of doubt
Diptych, 1/1
Lightjet on plexiglass
35 x 57 cm
From a series of work entitled, Moonlight.
Courtesy of the Photographers Gallery za

Roger Ballen
Bent back
Silver gelatin hand print
40 x 40 cm
From a series of work entitled, Shadow Chamber.
Courtesy of the Photographers Gallery za

Artist: Lukas Roth
Title: untitled 2007 (station)
Year: 2007
Medium: Lambda print
© Lukas Roth and courtesy Paul Kopeikin Gallery

Artist: Julie Orser
Title: Arrangement
Year: 2007
Medium: Chromogenic print
© Julie Orser and courtesy Paul Kopeikin Gallery

Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405

To honor Julius Shulman and
Benefit the Photography Department of the
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Thursday, January 10th, 6-9 pm

©J. Paul Getty Trust. Used with permission.
Julius Shulman Photography Archive Research Library at the Getty Research Institute

Click here to download a Benefit Reception Ticket Order Form.
For more information on Benefit Reception tickets please email or call 323.936.5846

Friday, January 11th, 12pm - 8pm
Saturday, January 12th, 12pm - 8pm
Sunday, January 13th, 12pm - 6pm

Click here to purchase day passes, seminar or lecture tickets.
$20 1-day pass (includes catalog)
$30 3-day pass (includes catalog)
$10 The Photobook: A Discussion
$10 Conversation with Shulman/DeWit
$80 Benefit Reception (includes a 1-day pass)

Click here to download a Benefit Reception Ticket Order Form.
For more information on Benefit Reception tickets please email or call 323.936.5846

Meet A Ceramicist Who Puts Her Head & Heart Into Her Work: Renate Hattinger

The following pieces of Renate Hattinger's were exhibited at Blickfang 2007 in Kongresshaus, Zurich:

Think Tank

Material: porcelain, gold plated, luster
Dimension (H/W/D): 15x11x10,5cm
Approx. $173.00 USD
Think Tank in nacre version, pink version and blue version available for purchase here.

Think Tank is part of the series Human Interior. Human Interior are porcelain containers in form of the central human organs, heart and brain. The highly specialized organs heart and brain designed by nature are symbols for life, intelligence, love.

The invisible inside becomes visible and gets a concrete emotional meaning by careful processing and refinement of the object's surface. The objects are not only to be admired on pedestals and in showcases but to be used and filled. This perhaps allows an irreverent, but hopefully humorous usage of my creations.

Golden Heart:

Golden Heart
Material: porcelain, gold plated, luster
Dimension (H/W/D): 13 x 15 x 14 cm
Approx $317.00 USD
Buy it here.

Golden Heart is part of the series Human Interior. Human Interior are porcelain containers in form of the central human organs, heart and brain. The highly specialized organs heart and brain designed by nature are symbols for life, intelligence, love.

Also in White (biscuit):

The heart is also available in biscuit.
Approx $275.00 USD, just order it via Email

In Renee's own words:
After my education at the HTBLA Ortweinplatz in Graz in the department of ceramics, I studied product design for ceramics with Matteo Thun at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna.

As a ceramist I work with different materials in ceramic technology. In the last years, however, I mainly specialized in the production of unique pieces and small series of porcelain.

I consider myself neither an artist in the classical sense nor a designer. I'd rather like to create a connection between the two disciplines. This means that the artistic expression of a product is more important to me than its ergonomic usefulness, I however create small art works which can also be used (e.g. as a box).

You can buy Think Tank and Golden Heart here at Pure Austrian Design's online shop.
Or you can contact the artist directly:

Visit her site to see her other work as well here.

Welcome To Longoland! The Curious Creations of Joshua Ben Longo

Well, there truly is no lack of unique talent to be found out there in cyberspace.
Meet artist/designer Joshua Ben Longo and Welcome to Longoland

I stumbled upon this site (not literally using Stumble Upon, however) and to my delight found some of the most curiously cuddly creations; fun furry monsters - complete with anatomically correct poopers and some radically whimsical furniture and clothing done in brushed woven wool and cashmere.

Apparently many of the items shown here are available for purchase upon inquiry, but Longoland plans to open an online store soon. Yay!

"Brooklyn Designs 07"
To successfully portray the Longoland world, Joshua had to not only make the monsters but design and build an evironment to house them. Everything in the image below was designed and built by Longoland.

Some more images from Longoland at brooklyn Designs 07:

"Monster Skin Rug"

Materials: Brushed Woven Cashmere & Wool, Polymer Clay
Small: (approx 18in x 26in)
Medium: (approx 36in x 50in)
Large: (approx 50in x 70in)
Price: Available upon request.

"Monster Skin Chair"

Materials: Brushed Woven Wool, Antique Wing Back Chair
Dimensions: Available upon request.
Price: Available upon request.


Materials: Faux Fur, Wool, Polymer Clay, Polymer Stuffing
Dimensions: Approx.15in x 11in x 10in
Price: Available upon request.


Materials: Faux Fur, Wool, Polymer Clay, Polymer Stuffing
Dimensions: Approx.15in x 11in x 10in
Price: Available upon request.


Materials: Faux Fur, Wool, Polymer Clay, Medium Density Furniture Foam, Wood
Dimensions: Approx.15in x 11in x 10in
Price: Available upon request

The following fabulous pieces are sold:

"A Dictat on Etiquette"

Materials: Faux Fur, Wool, Polymer Clay, Polymer Stuffing
Dimensions: Approx. 36in x 20in x 20in
Price: Sold

"Mano Efferus"

Materials: Faux Fur, Wool, Polymer Clay, Polymer Stuffing
Dimensions: Approx. 15in x 11in x 18in
Price: Sold

I spoke briefly to Joshua via e-mail and asked him if there was anything else I ought to know about him. Amongst some other information, he had a comment that really stood out.

"I make art and design objects that make noises and speak to there owners. I talk to every piece I produce and when they talk back I know the piece is alive and ready to go their new owner." –Joshua Ben Longo

How wonderful is that?
There's a lot more to see on his fun site, be check out his archive of past work.

Joshua Ben Longo is also an Industrial Design Drawing instructor at the Pratt Institute & NJIT and home design consultant. He has an upcoming exhibition in May of 2008 at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont.

You can reach him here.

G1 GIYA Loudspeakers From Vivid Audio: Expensive & HUGE

and might I add...ugly?

Bizarre speakers by VIVID Audio to be unveiled next week in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Suggested price? $54,000. USD

Maybe this pic below will show you why.

Those suckers are giant!

Press release:
Vivid Audio are proud to announce the G1 GIYA loudspeaker system to be launched during CES 2008 from the penthouse suite at THE MIRAGE HOTEL 7 to 11 January 2008. Please call Jerry Hanna on +1 860 593 3868 or Philip O'Hanlon (USA) +1 310 266 6337 for more information on this exceptional product.

A few 2008 Wall Calendars You Can Commit To

Another year. Another wall calendar.

If you're at all like me, choosing a wall calendar each year is like making a big commitment.
You're going to have to live with it and look at it and certainly, count on it, for the next 12 months. I have take my time and look long and hard for something I won't get sick of.

Or, maybe you got one of those "self-published-by-uploading-your-own-pic" calendars of relatives or dogs, and they just don't look right on your wall.

Here are a few beauties for 2008 that you ought to consider taking a look at:

The 2008 Julius Shulman Calendar

The cover of this elegant 11-by-14-inch portfolio features architectural photography of the 20th century taken by Julius Shulman. An art piece as well as a calendar, it is printed in high-resolution offset lithography with a satin aqueous coating. Individual pages are suitable for framing or for displaying on the wall or a table easel. An ideal gift for everyone from art neophytes to photography and architecture buffs, the calendar may be easily ordered directly from the AMC at 323 857-6501.

Modestly priced at $30, plus tax and shipping, with a ten percent discount for LACMA members, the calendar is also available through the LACMA Store.

Griffith Observatory Architectural Calendar 2008
Photographed by Julius Shulman & Juergen Nogai

Price $35.00 Beautiful images of Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles' award winning cultural icon, have been captured by the world's great photographers. In the spring of 2007, world-renowned architectural photographer, Julius Shulman collaborated with Juergen Nogai to photograph Griffith Observatory.
Twelve of these full-color photographs are presented in an elegant 11-by-14-inch presentation portfolio. Calendar and portfolio are gorgeously printed in high-resolution offset lithography with a satin coating. The portfolio contains twelve individual pages, each one suitable for framing or for displaying on the wall or a table easel.
Buy it here

The Elliot Erwitt 2008 calendar

An elegant calendar featuring Elliott Erwitt's witty photographs.
A month-to-view calendar featuring images by one of the leading photographers of his generation, Elliott Erwitt (b. 1928)
Thirteen carefully-selected images taken from the best of Erwitt’s work are combined here with elegant typography and a practical layout to create a functional, yet charming, piece of stationery for the home and the office. Each image is beautifully printed and featured as a full page, allowing you to cut out and keep your favorite images after the year has passed.

Buy it here.

Michal Kenna's 2008 Wall calendar

Michael Kenna’s intimate, exquisitely crafted black-and-white photographs reflect a sense of refinement, respect for history, and thorough originality. We are pleased to present our twelfth calendar featuring his work. Our 2008 Michael Kenna Wall Calendar is printed on an exclusive, uncoated, natural Japanese paper using “Daido black” ink.

It features both well-known and previously unpublished photographs: Pine Trees, Wolcheon, Gangwando, South Korea, 2007; Twenty One Fence Posts, Shirogane, Hokkaido, Japan, 2004; Graceful Oak, Broughton Castle, Oxfordshire, England, 2007; Motu Nui, Motu Iti and Motu Kao Kao, Easter Island, 2001; Basilica San Marco, Venice, Italy, 2007; Butterfly and Peonies, Kongobuji, Koyasan, Japan, 2006; Morning Clouds, Monument Valley, Utah, USA, 2005; Manhattan Skyline, New York, USA, 2007; Fifty Four Sticks, Calais, France, 1998; Le Desert de Retz, Study 9, France, 1988; Swan Song, Prague, Czechoslovakia, 1990; Early Cloud Cover, Mont St Michel, France, 1994; and Kussharo Lake Tree, Study 4, Kotan, Hokkaido, Japan, 2007. The print run is limited to 2,000 copies for international distribution; as always, early orders are encouraged.

Publisher: Nazraeli Press
Size: 14 x 18"

Buy it here.

The Miss Tuning World 2008 Calendar
This one will surprise you...but if you know someone who simply must have a cheesy slutty girl+vehicle calendar, there's a limited edition one of Miss Tuning 2008 on the market that's actually nicely shot and produced!

Lake Constance, the home of the TUNING WORLD BODENSEE, provided the scenery for the photographs for the 2008 Miss Tuning calendar. Austrian lifestyle photographer Christian Holzknecht who has recently worked for Playboy, put the new Miss Tuning, Silvia Hauten, in scenes (Only half with fabulous vehicles) for 12 calendar pictures.

Further information at
or buy it here- Europe and Australia only.

If nature is more your thing, photographer and digital artist, Jan Stary, has a limited edition Water wall calendar that is both striking and original.

12 months 13"x19" wall calendar with a spiral binding on top, each month on a separate page with a beautiful 10"x13" color photograph.
Order by email from Jan Stary,or by phone (206)850-6029.
price; $29.95 + $9 domestic Priority Mail shipping
2008 Calendar - WATER, Limited Edition

Or Franz Lanting LIFE, 2008.

Wire-spiral bound 19.7 x 27.6 in., 28 pages, Stunning nature photography, nicely produced by Taschen.
Buy it here

If you must do a desk calendar, this is a great option:
Colour Calendar 2008 by Moritz Zwimpfer

Following the huge success of the Colour Calendar 2007, here is the Colour Calendar 2008 – and every day once again gets its own special color from Switzerland’s design genius, Moritz Swimpfer. This appealing, spiral-bound desk calendar is a bit like a Pantone book with room for notes; each day’s color brings its own scent, taste and sound, the implications of memory, the possibilities of the future. A beautiful little object, impeccably printed, for the desk or attaché case of a design aficionado, promising enjoyment long after 2008 is history. The appendix includes a calendar overview for 2008-2009, Pantone codes for the 365 colors, and blank pages for memos.
September 2007, English & German text
Softcover with spiral binding
382 pp, 43/4 x 6 inches
Retail Price: $28.00
Buy it here.

Above: A shot From the 2008 Pirelli calendar with its' Shanghai theme.

Of course, if you can get your hands on this years' Pirelli calendar, shot by Patrick Demarchelier or Lavazza's 2008 calendar shot by Finlay Mackay, consider yourself lucky. Those are not available to the public and getting one can only be a result of 'who you know'.

Above: the cover of this years' Lavazza calendar celebrating "MajesticWomen"

Now, if photos and illustration simply do not appeal to you, you cannot go wrong with the two following design classics, the Stendig and the Pentagram calendar.

NOTE: like many a designer, I buy a Stendig or Pentagram calendar that I can write upon in addition to a wall calendar. Maybe you should consider doing the same.

The 2008 Pentagram Typography calendar

Kit Hinrichs has designed Pentagram’s 2008 Classic Typographic Calendar using twelve typefaces designed by typographer Matthew Carter including Walker (originally designed in 1995 for the Walker Art Center), Snell Roundhand (a 1966 revival of 17th century English writing master Charles Snell) and Galliard (a 1978 anthology of Roman and Italian styles of French punch-cutter Robert Granjon). “I wanted to bring a new awareness of typographic design through this calendar,” said Hinrichs. “Typefaces are pervasive in our daily lives in everything we read and see around us and yet most people are oblivious of them or the circumstances in which they were created. We can gain a new perspective on our world by studying the origin of typefaces. I hope the calendar will encourage a new sensitivity to the importance of typeface usage and the work of Matthew Carter.”

The calendar is available in two sizes, a supersize 33-by-22 inch version suitable for wall hanging and a smaller 18-by-12 inch version appropriate for desk use. Both versions are available in the US and UK at The price of the supersize calendar is $36 and the smaller desk and wall calendar is $22. (Prices do not include shipping.)

The 2008 Stendig Wall calendar

Massimo Vignelli has designed a lot of things but few of his designs are as pervasive or recognizable as his Stendig calendar. the Stendig calendar was designed in 1966 and is a classic. it graces the walls of architects and designers the world over, over forty years after it was designed, and these people know what looks good.

Dimensions: 4 feet by 3 feet makes the stendig; a richly sized, functional and affordable art-piece, ready to charm your home office and executive walls.
Buy either the Stendig or the Pentagram Calendars for 2008 here.

Letterpress & Indie Artist Calendars

Above: two examples of many of the letterpress desk calendars available at

There are also tons of beautiful letter pressed and independent artists' calendars for 2008 .
No blogger did a better job of rounding up these indie art calendars than Holly Becker's Decor8 two part series of calendars.
See Part One. And Part Two.

Be sure to check out for many, many lovely options. of smaller desk calendars and calendar posters. Or my list of stationers and card shops in my side bar. all of whom make lovely calendars.

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