The Photo Independent Art Fair debuts this year, occupying Raleigh Studios as a kind of unofficial neighbor/partner to Paris Photo L.A., which is happening the same weekend at nearby Paramount Studios. But Photo Independent is far more than a shadow fair. Conceived as an artist-centered counterpart, it's dedicated to working directly with photographers who wish to present their work in a more in-depth context. While the program is international, expect a robust presence of locally based artists, many of whom, as the title implies, are operating independently from the gallery system, embracing the opportunity to take their case straight to the visually curious public. It's Hollywood, after all, a place where everyone dreams of being discovered. In addition to the dynamic exhibition programming, there are talks and walk-throughs all weekend. And what fair would be complete without a special guest artist? Andy Summers, best known from his time in The Police, has long pursued a parallel career as a gifted photographer; the fair is presenting a new series by Summers, Mysterious Barricades, in which he does what photographers do best – exploring the poetic surrealism of the everyday world as we find it. Raleigh Studios Hollywood, 5300 Melrose Ave., Hlywd.; Fri., April 25, 7-10 p.m.; Sat., April 26, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., April 27, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; day pass $15 advance/$20 at door, weekend pass $25/$30, $100/$110 opening-night benefit (includes weekend pass). (323) 937-5488, photoindependent.com.
Fri., April 25; Sat., April 26; Sun., April 27, 2014
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