photo l.a. celebrates 25th Anniversary International exposition to include diverse programming and wide range of exhibits, from classic photography to contemporary photo-based art The Reef/LA Mart in Downtown Los Angeles Friday, January 22 – Sunday, January 24, 2016 Opening Benefit Gala on Thursday, January 21, 2016, 7-10 p.m. Los Angeles, California.

The 25th annual international photographic art exposition photo l.a. will take place Friday, Jan. 22, through Sunday, Jan. 24, at The Reef, located in the historic LA Mart building in downtown Los Angeles. The 2016 photo l.a. will launch with the annual Opening Benefit Gala on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 21, honoring the distinguished career and groundbreaking work of Los Angeles artist James Welling. As the city’s longest-running art fair, photo l.a. brings together leading galleries, museums, universities, and nonprofit organizations for an unparalleled showcase of photographic art from around the world, from 19th Century masterpieces to contemporary, cutting-edge photography-based work. As in previous years, photo l.a. will include a diverse range of programming, including roundtable discussions, educational workshops, docent tours, and curated installations that foster an ongoing dialogue about the changing landscape of photography and its role in the art world at large.

Additionally, the 2016 photo l.a. will include an installation showcasing the work of honoree James Welling.

“After 25 years, our mission remains the same, to unite and support the international community of enthusiasts, collectors, and artists who share our love of photography,” says Claudia James Bartlett, director of photo l.a.

“We believe that this is what makes photo l.a. such a unique experience for our participants and guests alike.”

Tickets for the Opening Gala are $80 in advance or $100 at the door, with proceeds benefiting Best Buddies, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. General admission to photo l.a. is $20 in advance; $25 at the door. A three-day pass is available for $35 online; $40 at the door. Programs are ticketed separately. A limited number of all-access passes, which include admission to the Opening Gala, the three-day photo l.a. exposition, and all of its programs, is available for advance purchase at $450.

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The 2016 photo l.a. Gala, exposition, and programs will take place on the second floor of The Reef, located in the historic LA Mart building at 1933 S. Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. The Reef Mart offers affordable onsite parking, and is also accessible by Metro. For more information, visit:

About photo l.a. Since its creation in 1992, photo l.a. has grown into a singularly ambitious exposition of photographic art, bringing together established and new exhibitors that showcase contemporary, modern, traditional, and vintage photography, with the mission to support and advance the discourse on photography’s place in the world of contemporary art. The exposition’s programming sponsor for the 2016 edition is FreeStyle Photographic Supplies.