Los Angeles Photo Festival™ Concept: Turkey 2015 Turkish Street Photography is back in LA

The International Photo Festival invites you to attend the 2nd annual Turkish Street Photography Exhibit in Los Angeles. This year’s “Concept: Turkey 2015” exhibition opens the same week as Downtown LA Art Walk at Hatakeyama Gallery from August 11-15, 2015.

Concept Turkey 2015 will be presenting works from over 35 contemporary Turkish street photographers. The exhibit will provide relevant cultural documentation into regional traditions and social issues in Turkey . Each image presented is designed to create and share stories while promoting cultural understanding through photography. The “Concept Turkey” project began last year at the first annual Turkish Republic Street Photography exhibition in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Photo Festival will begin this year by presenting beautiful, fascinating, and awe-inspiring photographs from Turkey. All photos presented have been selected by a distinguished panel of judges: Associated Press and Pulitzer Prize winning Photographer Nick Ut, as well as Robert Ysais, Sami Turkay Founder member of Turkish Federation of Photography of Art and the President of the Federation (2013-2014), Yucel Demir is active member of photography of Art Society of Ankara and Photographic Arts Federation of Turkey, Keith Braesch is the Vice President of B2B Sales for Targus Inc, and Mert Turkoglu Los Angeles Photo Festival – Creative Director and Founder.

August 11-15, 2015 / 10:00 am-4:00 pm
Downtown LA Art Walk: August 13, 2015 / 7:00-9:30 pm
Hatakeyama Gallery: 905 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

About LAPF™
We developed and created this photo festival to open a dialogue aimed towards promoting the language of art and cultural diplomacy. Providing a sphere where art, culture, and diversity intersect, we use photography to translate cultures into a visual language within an artistic frame. Our organization works with jury members of professional expertise who share their knowledge and experience in photojournalism and fine art.

Los Angeles Photo Festival™ is also committed to advancing the arts in education. Working in partnership with museums, schools, and community organizations across the country, Los Angeles Photo Festival™ has established scholarships to support students pursuing post-secondary studies in photography or media art. Additionally, through its Resolution program, LAPF™ provides opportunities for teens to publish and exhibit their work in the context of social awareness.


Los Angeles Photo Festival Concept: Turkey – Mar 13, 2014

LAPF(tm) Flyer

Turkish Street Photography comes to Los Angeles in this one-day-only, first annual event. The LAPFTM Concept: Turkey exhibition opens at the Downtown LA Art Walk with special jurist exhibition by NICK UT with his iconic “Napalm Girl”.
Presenting over images from 100 photographers in this major exhibition of recent Turkish Street Photography, this important cultural documentation project is an investigation into regional traditions and social issues. Each capture is presented to create and share stories. Promoting cultural understanding through photography, the “Concept” project began its first year in Turkey and is the first Turkish Republic Street Photography exhibition in Los Angeles.

LAPF will begin this year by presenting beautiful, fascinating, and awe-inspiring photographs from Turkey. All photos presented have been selected by our team of critics: member of the Associated Press and Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Nick Ut, as well as Robert Ysais, Vern Evans, and Mert Turkoglu.

“LAPF is an exciting and timely visual opportunity for not only a cultural exchange but for a much needed global understanding of who we truly are as a species.” Roberto Ysais

Los Angeles Photo FestivalTM (LAPF) is the connection between Los Angeles and international photographers around the world. We are working to create multi-cultural connections and understanding. We believe Los Angeles is an artistic hub for the world. A variety of different photo events and showings will provide LAPF with an artistic impetus. These projects are beneficial to the understanding of cultures, supporting tourism, promoting the diverse cultures of other countries, and bringing together the artist and the community; proving the universality of art.

Date: March 13, 2014
Public Exhibition: 6:00pm-10:00pm
Hatakeyama Gallery: 905 S Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90015




South County Photo Club Exhibit – February’s DTLA Art Walk, Thursday Feb 14, 7-10pm

UPDATE: Photos from the event
Red Carpet Photos
Exhibit Photos

Congratulations Tracey Penn for winning 1st place with Spur.

Tracey Penn - Spur

Tracey Penn – Spur

2nd place went to Rick Valasek for McWay Falls

Rick Valasek - McWay Falls

Rick Valasek – McWay Falls

Join us on Valentine’s evening for the South County Photo Club exhibit. We will be showing the work of 12 members from the club, including the winners of the Christmas Photo Contest.

This will be an exciting event including photos of all attendees walking the red carpet as they enter the gallery. Bring your friends and family as everyone will vote on their favorite photo, prizes for the winners of the evening’s vote will be given away by our sponsor Simple Studio Lighting.

Susan Brown-Matsumoto - Return To Freedom

Susan Brown-Matsumoto – Return To Freedom

SCPC Exhibit Participants

Brad Zemcik
Dianna Drake
Dina Damon
Eleonora Onody
Jeanette Dianda
Marian Nicholas
Michael Biehl
Paul Purdom
Rick Valasek
Ron Evans
Susan Brown Matsumoto
Susan Fouts
Tracey Penn

ANNIE VOVAN PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT | Fundraiser benefiting The Senase Project

The Senase Project
905 S. Hill Street
Los Angeles
October 11, 2012

My life-changing experiences in Ghana’s Senase village unfolds in this exhibit. One cannot help but be overcome by sadness at the scarcity of this barren place. And yet, despite its bareness and poverty, this is a place rich with people whose generous spirit and hospitality inspire us.

These photographs depict …

DISCOVERY: As I walked through the villages with my camera, the same phenomenon occurred, again and again. After having their photos taken, adults and children alike were shown the backscreen image on the digital screen. They focused on the screen at length, captivated by the faces staring back at them. They were not studying their facial expressions or the image composition. They were mesmerized because it was extremely rare for them to be seeing themselves. For some of them, it was the first time … ever. I eventually realized that there were no mirrors in the villages. The self-discovery was beautiful.

JOY: The children. Time and again, pictures recorded the children’s faces and reactions wherever our group visited the classrooms and farmlands. The emotions ranged from guardedness to trust and eventual excitement as they grew more comfortable with the 29 strangers visiting them from a land so far away. Captured were the moments when our group failed miserably to learn the Ghanian dance-and-drumming routine while the little ones stood on the sidelines giggling. Captured was the excitement when we presented the One World Futbal, an indestructible soccer ball that would assure them endless hours of play. Captured was the joy when we attempted to teach them the Hokey Pokey only to be outdone by their unsurpassed synchronized chanting and dancing.

PURITY OF MIND: Midway through the visit, as I was standing next to my blonde Caucasian friend, Amy, my host sister noticed our close-knit bond and asked in her distinct accent, “Is she your sista?” It was simple, yet beautiful inquiry; one sparked by a mind so pure that it knew of no racial or ethnic boundaries. I believe these images showcase the beauty of this pureness.

TRADITION: Even before we visited the village, drums and costumes were made for us by the local craftsman who had learned of our stay. The elders of the village welcomed us and requested that we learn – and perform – a Ghanian dance-and-drumming routine. We were invited into their homes and warmly welcomed during our visit.

KINDNESS: The overflowing hospitality and generosity from this community – which had virtually no excess for itself – often left us speechless. We were fed 3 meals a day, but the villagers ate only once daily. While we consumed the food we had graciously been served, they tended to daily chores.

How I arrived …

Like so many times in my life, I followed my heart and jumped in – feet first – not really knowing what I signed up for.

Through a random 2010 Facebook posting, a very small group of Semester at Sea students had found Fred, a self-made tour guide who brought these volunteers to his home in the Senase village. This group returned home with heavy – but hopeful –hearts and a solid mission to help the villagers by forging a path for another group of volunteers to return in 2011. As fate would have it, I found myself in 2011 group.

I was in Africa. Already so far from home. I had no expectations and was guided only by a hunger to immerse myself into another world.

I didn’t know what to expect. I had just said yes to a trip, far far away from where my Semester at Sea ship docked. But I had a good feeling, a sense that something powerful was about to happen. I guess I had a hunch.

And my hunch was right. It was powerful. This trip changed my life …

It was a 4:15 a.m. wake-up call to catch a 4:30 a.m. bus. As the crisp morning air swallowed us, I and the small group stumbled along the dirt road, eager to meet Fred. Fred, was a warm, extremely gentle and kind hearted 19 year old young man.

The bus ride to Senase was going to be seven hours long. The ride itself was an adventure. There were none of the comforts we Americans are accustomed to on our vacation road trips. No abundance of radio stations playing various genres of music, no DVD players, or even pothole-free roads to lull passengers to sleep.

We stopped for a heartbreaking tour of the Elmina Castle, which was used for slave trade in the 17th century. The excursion was the beginning of my emotional journey.

Elmina Castle

Elmina Castle

Elmina Castle -“The Door of No Return” –
the last doorway where slaves passed to board a ship to a foreign land

Back on the road, we soaked in what we had seen with all of our senses. We were unsure how the days ahead would be, other than a loose schedule of volunteering in the farmlands and schools. What we knew was that we had this incredible opportunity to immerse ourselves entirely, so any agenda would weigh down the experience. I have no recollection of what time we arrived that night in Senase. We were overcome with hope and excitement. What I do recall was the massive number of children and villagers who emerged from their huts, running to greet our bus. Bits of dirt flew through the night air as their little feet scurried along the road toward us. They were cheering, waving and squealing with electrifying energy.

This shot takes me back to that night.

My Host sister Tina that night

My host sister Tina that night

Over the next few days, we visited different schools and ventured into the farmlands. We met with village elders who asked about our intentions. By the time our group left, we were steadfastly dedicated to continuing and strengthening the mission that the 2010 group had begun. We would bring a medical clinic and classrooms to the village.

The classroom conditions when we entered

The classroom conditions when we entered

After I returned from Senase, my commitment to this community was iron-clad. I want to raise funds and donate money for things that we just take for granted. Clean water for villagers. A classroom for the kids. A medical clinic for the families in need; families like our guide Fred, whose mother lost her baby while walking to a faraway clinic while in the throes of labor pains. The resulting medical conditions left her unable to bear more children. Therefore, she took on 17 children who were in need to raise as her own.

The head of my group, Casey, is a passionate student who organized this underground trip. I watched Casey speak with the elders about our goals to support the village. She exuded utter grace, excitement, and conviction. They, in turn, regarded her with such trust and confidence that she – and the rest of us – will deliver on our promises. They trust us, mere strangers from a foreign land so far away, to help them.

The faith that the villagers have bestowed on us touched my heart and has never left my soul. Their belief in us inspires me and my October photo exhibit.

To learn more about The Senase Project, a non-profit organization founded by the first band of (Semester at Sea) students watch this video. It spotlights the mission of the group, highlighting why and how this project was adopted.

Medasi (thank you) for stopping by. The rest of my journey will unfold through my photography. I hope to see you at the Exhibit and Fundraiser!

Audra Phillips’ Diversions of the Arcane – Save the Date: Art Walk: September 13, 2012. 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.

Always one Wing

Always one Wing

UPDATE: Photos from the event posted on Facebook here!

This month’s featured Art Walk artist is Audra Phillips, whose gorgeously disturbed digital artwork and mixed media sculptures have caught the attention of horror connoisseurs and fellow artists such as Clive Barker (Abarat) and Del Howison (Dark Delicacies: Haunted).

Audra presents a selection of large and small canvases and sculptures in her Art Walk show, Audra Phillips’ Diversions of the Arcane.

Come see Audra’s dark artwork, grab some spooky sweets at the black-candy bar, and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine.

Everyone is welcome to this FREE event, so come on out!

See No Evil

See No Evil

In this exclusive interview, Audra tells Hatakeyama Gallery what inspires her delightfully dark visions.

HG: Your style explores variations on light and dark, angels and demons, the innocence of childhood mixed with freak-show deformity. How did you find this artistic path?

AP: I am a self-taught artist. I experimented and dabbled until I refined my dark expression of my angelic/demonic horror art. These are images that have plagued my dreams for years. Now have found freedom on my PC canvas and other media to bring my visions to life so they haunt me no longer. I create out of necessity, and now I want to share just a shadow of my spirit with my audience.

HG: What inspires you?

AP: Music like The Dead Weather, versatile dark artists like Tim Burton and Clive Barker, and the light and dark sides of religion—or anti-religion.

HG: What do you hope others will see in your art?

AP: Art is so subjective, but my message is clear for those who sense that there just might be something beyond the veil of reality. I want to bring a little of the unknown into the known, to give a glimpse into the unseen spiritual and emotional world all around us.

HG: What advice would you offer to new artists?

AP: I learn by trial and fire. Just dive in and develop your own creative style and ways of doing things. It’s the best way to learn.



Downtown LA Art Walk, Aug 9th – breakdown :: free falling journey to the authentic self by Erin Nomura

I invite you to BREAKDOWN. A photography gallery show that removes the mask of ‘looking good’. You will be left with pure authenticity.

We’ve all heard the suggestion, “Have a good cry, you’ll feel better.”

actor Michael Medico

actor Michael Medico

And it’s true, we do seem to get some emotional relief when we finally give ourselves permission to have a good cry. It is a moment when we completely surrender “looking good” and finally express whatever it is we’ve kept bottled up. Beyond the crying is a deeper transformational expression – the Breakdown.

actress Brittany Ishibashi

actress Brittany Ishibashi

The Breakdown is a formidable and fierce moment where perhaps years (even decades) of repressed expression converge into a single and profound moment. For me, words cannot aptly explain what a breakdown is. It is an emotional freefall where we surrender to the reality of our true feelings – which is why I have chosen photography and music to explore this journey


In my experience, a true Breakdown ultimately gives us access to transforming our lives. It is a moment where we have the opportunity to give up “the old way” we do things and adopt new and more powerful ways to live our lives. Where we say “enough is enough” and choose to stop being what we hate and start doing what we love.

Ultimately we resist having a Breakdown – we resist expressing our true feelings. We put on “the good face” and just try to get through it all. My project is ultimately an invitation and an invocation to say YES to whatever you have been resisting. I intentionally wanted to create the most provocative experience WITHOUT WORDS through images and music so the viewer can have the opportunity to see themselves in the work – and perhaps FEEL what they have been repressing.

actor Neil Patil

actor Neil Patil

It may sound funny that I would want to activate someone into their own Breakdown – but I know deep inside how precious this moment is. I believe that we suffer because we are committed to “an argument” about how our lives should be (our dreams) and we are experiencing it as something else. Over time we build up a huge wave of despair and sorrow. Our Breakdown is the moment we give up that argument and we simply face our reality (how ever it is) – it is the moment we give up “our dreams” of what should have been and surrender to what is. This surrender of the “old dream” can be fierce and mournful – in the end we are left clear and open – and then we create something NEW. This is my dream for people who come to view this show – to give them an opportunity to feel what they’ve been resisting. To get real, drop the baggage and create something new.

Instead of settling for the small reprieve of a good cry – a good breakdown could transform your life.

actress Brittany Ishibashi

actress Brittany Ishibashi

I felt a deep calling to create this show and I consider it a great honor to bring this show into form (while having a number of my own breakdowns and breakthroughs in the process). I called on many favors to initiate this project and a number of very generous and gifted people have already volunteered their talents and services to get the project this far. This is an experiential show and in order to complete the work I am need of additional financial resources to create and install the final media for the actual show.


The show will be a visual and audio journey through four archetypal characters to represent YOU on the journey through a Breakdown. Each of the four characters will have 6 large format photos printed that will chronicle the journey through three stages Breakdown: ‘the inauthentic self’, ‘the breakdown’ and ‘the nothing’. (24 images total)

'the inauthentic self' (actress Kelsey Crane)

'the inauthentic self' (actress Kelsey Crane)

'the breakdown' (montage of four separate images)

'the breakdown' (montage of four separate images)

'the nothing'

'the nothing'

Between each stage will be a large mirror for the viewer to literally “see themselves” in the show. There will be 12 mirrors total. A custom instrumental musical score has been commissioned specifically for this show. Over 45 minutes of evocative music will bathe and cradle the space as people view and experience the show. If finances permit, I am planning on creating video that will be projected onto one wall of the gallery. This video will include more images than what is printed on the walls – all gently moving in synchronicity with the musical score.

actor Michael Medico

actor Michael Medico

actor Michael Medico

actor Michael Medico


Four actors, Brittany Ishibashi, Neil Patil, Kelsey Crane and Michael Medico graciously donated their talent and time to this project. I am so lucky to know such amazing people who support my vision and creation.

Cheers, Ciao and Aloha,


Coming July 12 – Downtown LA Art Walk Exhibit featuring 24 Local Street Photographers

Greg Jacobs - Grenade Inspector

Greg Jacobs - Grenade Inspector

UPDATE: Red carpet photos and Exhibit photos

Join us for July’s Downtown LA Art Walk, which will feature 24 local LA Street Photographers including Eric Kim. Eric chose the theme “Vehicles” since LA is such a big car town. During his travels around the world, Eric found that a high percentage of people don’t even own a car. But in the US and LA in particular, so many people are defined by the automobiles they drive.

The exhibit is sponsored by Vanguard who make amazing tripods and camera bags. Vanguard will donate a Heralder 28 Messenger Bag to the photographer with the best photo of the exhibit and will also give away some prizes in a raffle for all attendees.

Featured Street Photographers:
Eric Kim
Anh Nguyen
Armand Emamdjomeh
Ben Molina
Dana Barsuhn
Danh Nguyen
Daniel Sawyer Schaefer
Greg Jacobs
Greg Townsend
Jaime Chan
Jason Yee
Jay Thornton
Liza Rosales
Marq Linden
Max Klimov
Mehdi Bouqua
Michael Ares
Nancy Lehrer
Ricardo Sanchez
Rinzi Ruiz
Robert Larson
Todd Hatakeyama
Ton Roque
Walter Morataya

Please come out Thursday, July 12, from 7:00 – 10:00pm and support our photographers!

DAVID HOLZMAN “Summer kick off Party!” Thursday, June 14th 7PM – 10:30PM

Los Angeles Art Walk. “SUMMER KICK OFF PARTY!”

Thursday June 14th 2012

The Hatakeyama Art Gallery at 905 Hill Street in downtown LA will be hosting west coast art sensation “HOLZMAN.” He will be showing his latest mixed media abstract paintings, silk screen prints and Cibacrome photographs while his “Double Zero” punk rock videos play. A surprise “SUPERSTAR DJ” will be spinning as he paints “LIVE” nude models for his nude abstracts canvases.

UPDATE: Red Carpet photos from the event here.

Red Carpet photos from night 2 here.

Click Here: HOLZMAN

The exhibit premiers during L.A.’s Downtown Art Walk on Thursday, June 14th. The gallery opens at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, and refreshments (white and red wine) will be served. We are located at 905 S. Hill Street near the corner of Hill and 9th Streets in Los Angeles. For further information, call Jay at (714) 988-3647.