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Light Catchers

Light Catchers was originally conceived and curated by photographer Irene Fertik in 1997, funded by a grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. The exhibition features the work of seven veteran African American photographers active in Los Angeles since the late 1940s: Howard Bingham, Don Cropper, Jack Davis, Bob Douglas, Cliff Hall, Lamonte McLemore, and Murphy Ruffins. Fertik complemented the show with a portrait of each of the photographers, and Patricia Housen included excerpts from oral history interviews.

The California African American Museum is now revamping the exhibition to celebrate the donation of the 35 prints to its Permanent Collection. The photographs present celebrity musicians, actors, politicians and civil leaders and activists in a variety of settings in Los Angeles. The African American photographers in this exhibition had to use their cameras, their wits and their entrepreneurial talents to survive in an atmosphere that offered little encouragement for minorities. This exhibit is a celebration of their ultimate success.

Photo Gallery
Exhibition Programs

Friday, March 20, 2015, 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Opening reception and walk-through

Please join us for a unique opportunity to celebrate the life and work of several of the artists featured in this exhibition, including Howard Bingham, Cliff Hall and Lamonte McLemore, followed by a walk-through with curators Mar Hollingsworth and Irene Fertik. In addition, Mr. McLemore will sign copies of his recently published biography From Hobo Flats to The 5th Dimension: A Life Fulfilled in Baseball, Photography and Music. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP at 213-744-2024

This program has been partially funded by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

Saturday, May 2, 2015 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Dr. jill moniz, independent curator, and Reginald Woolery, photographer and curator, will examine the history of Black photographers in Los Angeles, with a special emphasis on the seven photographers in this exhibition.