Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Jodie Foster and many more came out to shop the preview night of Paris Photo Los Angeles, the international art fair open to the public through the weekend at Paramount Studios.
On the studio's New York backlot, guests wandered in and out of sound stages, and galleries set up in faux delis and pizza parlors, admiring historical and contemporary works by hundreds of photographers.
This year's event features a tribute to actor/director/artist Dennis Hopper, including a display of his photographic work (his portrait of artist Roy Lichtenstein was one of my favorites) and a screening of his 1971 film, "The Last Movie." (Tickets to the screening are sold separately from admission tickets, and are available on the Paris Photo L.A. website.)
Another highlight? “Unedited!” an exhibition of very real, very noir photographs from the LAPD Archives, including images of the Black Dahlia, Charles Manson, Miles Davis and more. The grisly black-and-white photos were a hit with the fashion crowd Thursday night, including filmmaker/author Liz Goldwyn, illustrator Konstantin Kakanias, Creatures of the Wind duo Shane Gabier and Christopher Peters, and designer Magda Berliner.
Elsewhere at the fair, I enjoyed Danny Lyon's stylish "Bikeriders" series, Edward Burtynsky's aerial landscape photographs of China shot not from a helicopter but using a drone, and Lalla Essaydi's elaborately staged tableaux of Arab women in clothing and settings decorated with bullet casings.
There are also lots of images to admire by usual suspects such as Richard Avedon, Herb Ritts, Robert Mapplethorpe and David Bailey. Also not to be missed? David Hockney's colorful BMW Art Car painted in 1995.
Paris Photo Los Angeles, Friday and Saturday, noon to 7 p.m.; Sunday noon to 6 p.m.; Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, ParisPhoto.com/losangeles. Tickets $28 to $40.