Richard S. Chow Photography

MOAH It Takes A Village – press release

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Richard S. Chow at MOAH

Richard S. Chow at MOAH

 

Press Release for MOAH – It Takes a Village

 

Richard S. Chow, Fine Art Photographer, Solo Exhibit at MOAH Museum of Art and History in Lancaster CA

Richard S. Chow is honored to have his solo exhibit at the North Gallery of MOAH, as part of the IT TAKES A VILLAGE event from February 10 to April 22. He is presenting his fine art photography series “Distant Memories,” debut new work and unique installation never before seen. His limited edition books will be available at the Museum store. Complementary opening reception on Feb 10th 4-6pm PST. Richard S. Chow will lead an artist talk and tour of his work on February 25 beginning at 1 p.m. PST.

 

Los Angeles, CA, February 05, 2018 –(PR.com)– The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) is proud to celebrate Black History month with the presentation of It Takes a Village. This exhibition opens to the public with a free reception on Saturday, February 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. and will run through Sunday, April 22.

Richard S. Chow is honored to have his solo exhibit at the North Gallery of MOAH, as part of the IT TAKES A VILLAGE event from February 10 to April 22. He is presenting his fine art photography series “Distant Memories,” debut new work and unique installation never before seen. His limited edition books will be available at the Museum store. Complementary opening reception on Feb 10th 4-6pm PST. Richard S. Chow will lead an artist talk and tour of his work on February 25 beginning at 1 p.m. PST.

Richard S. Chow’s photography focuses on aesthetic, documentary and conceptual images. Technical precision and composition remain the hallmarks of his work, but Chow continues to examine all aspects of the artistic medium including homemade shooting devices, film, phone and high tech digital cameras.

Chow’s interest in photography began during his formative years in Hong Kong. His family moved from Hong Kong to Los Angeles when he was sixteen. Those first years were difficult for an immigrant teenager due to language and culture shifts, and at times were overwhelming as he tried to find his place in this new world. As the American culture was slowly absorbed, southern California was a place that eventually provided him with comfort and inspiration as a young man. Chow now frequents the beach regularly as a place for relaxation and observation. With this series, Distant Memories, he captures the childhood that he could have experienced. Like finding shells on the shore, Chow collects visual memories and while they might not be his own memories, they allow him to imagine a childhood in a place he now calls home.

Chow has widely exhibited in solo and juried exhibits across the United States and his work has been internationally published and is featured in several private and public collections, most recently collected by the American Hotels in Los Angeles. He is a producer/curator for global OPEN SHOW (Los Angeles Chapter), a non-profit that provides a forum for dialog between the public, artists, galleries and collectors. Chow earned awards in Lucie Foundation’s IPA International Photography Awards five years in a row (2013-2017) and he was honored with gold, silver and bronze awards from Tokyo International Foto Awards (TIFA). Chow lives and works in Los Angeles with his wife and son.

It Takes a Village is comprised of six exhibitions addressing the dynamic of working as a community through the subjects of family, race, gender, and age. Featured in the Main Gallery at MOAH are the works of celebrated assemblage artist Betye Saar and her daughters, artists Alison Saar and Lezley Saar. It Takes a Village will showcase solo exhibitions of Richard S. Chow, Wyatt Kenneth Coleman, and Jane Szabo, with site specific installations by artists Lisa Bartleson and Scott Yoell.

Each of the artists featured in this exhibition explores the relationships and responsibilities of community. Betye, Alison, and Lezley Saar’s work consists of two and three-dimensional assemblages that examine history and identity through the juxtaposition of objects, photographs, mixed media, and fabric. The documentary photography of Lancaster resident Wyatt Kenneth Coleman chronicles the importance of engagement and oral history and the role it plays emphasizing the value of serving one’s community and family. Jane Szabo and Richard S. Chow present different work stylistically, but address similar themes of home, displacement, and sentimentality through conceptual photographs. Szabo records family history through objects while Chow’s images fabricate an imaginary history of what might have been if he had not been an immigrant. Lisa Bartleson’s large scale installation of hundreds of small hand-made houses explores the act of healing through community and engagement. The site specific work of Scott Yoell’s “Tsunami,” consisting of three thousand four-inch tall businessmen figures installed in a giant wave, represents the artist’s thoughts on the global economy and automation.

In addition to the regularly scheduled community engagement programs that MOAH, MOAH:CEDAR, and the Western Hotel Museum offer, this exhibition will include an artist talk and tour by local Civil Rights photographer Wyatt Kenneth Coleman on Sunday, February 18 at 2 p.m. Richard S. Chow will lead an artist talk and tour of his work on February 25 beginning at 1 p.m. A book signing and artist panel discussion with the Saar family and Dr. Betty Brown will take place on Sunday, March 25 from 12 to 2 p.m. This panel discussion will be immediately followed by an artist talk and tour by Jane Szabo beginning at 2 p.m. Other engagement opportunities brought to the Museum by the Center for Cultural Innovation include two workshops: Know Your Rights with the National Lawyers Guild, Saturday, February 17 at 2 p.m. and Making Art During Fascism with Beth Pickens, Saturday, February 24 at 2 p.m.

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History is dedicated to strengthening awareness, enhancing accessibility, and igniting appreciation of art, history, and culture in the Antelope Valley through dynamic exhibitions, innovative educational programs, creative community engagement, and a vibrant collection that celebrates the richness of the region. MOAH is open Tuesday – Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended hours on Thursday until 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.lancastermoah.org or call (661) 723-6250.

 

05 Feb 2018 no comments / READ MORE

Art Review – Richard’s Solo Convergent Evolution

Posted by RichardSChow in curator, exhibits, Gallery, Photo, review

Hello Friends!

Very pleased and honored to receive another art review on my Solo Exhibit “Convergent Evolution”, which took place at the infamous Neutra Institute Museum Gallery at Silver Lake, California. Exhibit ran from Aug 29 to Sept 17.

Please take a read… below. Click here to go the Joseph Hazani’s adilettante.com, Thank you!

 

TRANSCENDING ARCHITECTURE W/RICHARD CHOW @ NEUTRA

Richard Chow’s latest opening was a phenomenal chance to see his evolution as an artist, toward his current status of invoking in a Promethean manner new structural conceptions. He was able to do so in a sublime manner of capturing realistic geometries but through photographic magic birthed a dreamy, almost Platonically-inspired, form of the triangle with his Into the Light | Windows. It is a great service to articulating what art ought to be. In simple terms, it is this.

It is taking a rubber eraser around the pencil-thinned lines of human limitations to experience, which are treated as industrially cemented walled bricks, and providing to the subject a gentle entryway through the odiousness of the subjects’ natural constraints to their everyday peripheries. This sacred portal may or may not create a moment of awe – the greatest works of art tick that box – but they universally expand the horizon of human finitude.

Irrespective of the multitude of creative expressions that can accomplish this task, the Mr. Chow has approached it through architecture. And perhaps architecture is an overlooked constraint on being human – our habitat literally shapes us and so to confront us with it in an artistic manner is welcoming. But what he accomplishes in his work in general is this profoundness in the geometries that bind us.

Mr. Chow almost brutishly forges his, for lack of better phrase, sacred geometrical triangles with the aforementioned Into the Light | Windows, and this is understandable given his artistic instrument of the camera. This forcefulness gives his newly presented works an air of bravado in the wake of the act of creation. Not the creation of an artwork, but more: the creation of a new geometrical element for the mind to conceive of. A genuine artistic accomplishment.

 

01 Oct 2017 no comments / READ MORE

Art Review – on Richard’s Solo “Convergent Evolution” by Diversions LA

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Hello Friends!

Very pleased and honored to receive another art review on my Solo Exhibit “Convergent Evolution”, which took place at the infamous Neutra Institute Museum Gallery at Silver Lake, California. Exhibit ran from Aug 29 to Sept 17.

Please take a read… below. Link here to go the DIVERSIONSLA, Thank you!

 

Get ready to evolve. Convergent Evolution, a solo show by photographic artist Richard Chow at the Neutra Gallery in Silver Lake is a beautifully evocative mix of black and white images and a vivid color palette that show a wide and evolutionary range of Chow’s work.

Exhibiting images from radically divergent bodies of work, Chow takes bold risks in presenting disparate images that transcend beauty or social commentary, stimulating, challenging, and engaging the viewer in dialogue with the art.

Curated by Dulce Stein along with Chow,  the work here features predominantly black and white images, making the vibrant full color photographs in Chow’s “URBANSCAPE” series a striking focal point.

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“A New Angle,” above, is a strong example the artist’s exploration of how color and form can be reimagined within the construct of the urban landscape. Bold use of color is an essential component here, and it seems as if Chow is painting with his camera, using his surroundings as a palate.  The intense colors and tight compositions that are characteristic of this series create compelling, dynamic images with an abstract modern aesthetic.

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In sharp contrast, images from Chow’s more recently developed body of work, “Distant Memories,” are an ethereal black and white, crafted by inserting secondary lenses between the subject matter and the camera.  In the series, the artist acts as curator of visual memories, questioning how they influence our individual humanity. Although the images, like the recollections they depict, are softy diffused and rely heavily on the use of light to convey emotion, the compositions are classic and strong.

“Memories,” Chow says, “are the result of a subconscious sifting through life experiences filtered through our emotional response. This process leaves them fragmented, somewhat indistinct.” The works, set against backdrops that are fertile ground for memories, explore subject matter that spans the emotional spectrum, triggering the viewer’s own memories.

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Chow’s most recent body of work, “Into the Light,” returns to his architectural roots, but features black and white photography. These images, frequently larger in scale and devoid of color, allow the artist to plumb the depths of light, form, and function, exploring the urban landscape in relationship to those who inhabit it. While the series shares subject matter with its architecturally based predecessor, “URBANSCAPE,” here the photographer uses light, not color, to convey tone, atmosphere, and context – resulting in compelling images with an abstract modern aesthetic. No less vibrant and engaging for the absence of color, these images show Chow’s  progression as an artist, the works becoming more experimental in nature. Chow makes extensive use of geometry to add structure and organization to images that are more abstract than his earlier works. These compositional techniques allow him to quite literally lead viewers into the light.

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The exhibition closes Sunday, so add it to your weekend list. The Neutra is located at 2379 Glendale Blvd. in Silver Lake.

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01 Oct 2017 no comments / READ MORE

Richard S. Chow Fine Art Photography Exhibits Convergent Evolution

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Press Release for upcoming solo show — hope you can attend on Sept 2.

 

Award-winning fine art photographer Richard S. Chow exhibits curated selections from multiple bodies of work at the Neutra Institute Museum Gallery from Aug. 29 – Sept. 17. Opening reception Sept. 2, 6 – 10 pm.

Los Angeles, CA, August 23, 2017 –(PR.com)– Fine art photographer Richard S. Chow exhibits a curated selection from his diverse body of work in a solo exhibit at the iconic Neutra Institute Museum Gallery. The exhibit includes selected works from several bodies of work including his URBANSCAPE and Distant Memories series and will debut new work. The exhibit is augmented by a comprehensive online portfolio at www.richardschow.com.

The artist has crafted a portfolio with distinct series that appear dissimilar in aesthetic, concept, and message but structurally they rely on strong composition, technical precision and a recurring commentary by the artist on social and cultural ideology with an artistic intent to engage the viewer in a dialogue with the art. It is these analogous structures with similar form applied to divergent bodies of work and subject matters that are the hallmark of the artist’s work.

The artist reception will be Sept. 2, from 6-10 pm. In addition to light refreshments, there will be an opportunity to meet the artist who will be signing his limited edition books.

Richard S. Chow is an award-winning fine art photographer based in Los Angeles, California. He has widely exhibited in solo and juried exhibits across the U.S. His work has been internationally published and is featured in several private and public collections including a recent acquisition by the American Hotel in Los Angeles. Richard is also represented by the following galleries – Gallery 825/LA Art Association, Gloria Delson Contemporary Arts, and Beyond The Lines Gallery.

The Neutra Institue Museum Gallery is housed in the iconic Neutra Office Building, owned and designed by Modernist architect Richard Neutra in 1950. It served as the studio and office for Neutra’s architecture practice from 1950 until Neutra’s death in 1970. The building has been declared a Historic Cultural Monument and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The gallery is located at:

The Neutra Institute Museum Gallery
2379 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake, CA 90039
Exhibit curators are Dion Neutra and Dulce Stein

Opening Reception Sept. 2, 6-10pm
On View Aug. 29 to Sept. 17

Gallery Hours, Tue & Thur 4-8pm
or by Appointment via 1-818-350-3101

23 Aug 2017 no comments / READ MORE

Exhibit Review – on Richard’s Solo at Gallery 417, DTLA

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A tremendous thank-you to Mr. Joseph Hazani for this artful and insightful review on my Solo Exhibit at the 417 Gallery at Metro 417 in Downtown Los Angeles. This gives me encouragement to continue with my work and to explore new territories.

Actual review can be found here. I’d recommend you to follow Joseph as he reviews all forms of art including performances. He is also an acclaimed author and please check out his work at http://adilettante.com

 

May 27, 2017 

The beautiful thing about Richard Chow’s photographic art is that it makes such a perennial, concerted effort, to reveal to us the beauty that’s missing in our lives. He could be one of those exciting photographers which act as a continuum with the Classics in rendering a reality that is stunningly gorgeous, to unleash his imagination of what reality can possibly be, impregnating the human imagination thereby expanding the realm of possibility. But Mr. Chow performs a much more serious and challenging task: finding the beauty in the life we are given.

He continues with this raison d’etre in his URBANSCAPE artwork. Not satisfied with the ornamentation of color in architecture as he was before, he challenges himself further in reducing the perfunctory, the quotidian, the downright ignored around us, to reveal majestic geometries that could not otherwise be perceived unless we took the painstaking time to search for them. Mr. Chow does this charitable work for us, foraging around the city of Los Angeles, turning over architectural stones to reveal hidden gems abound.

And by gems, we mean objects of beauty we could not possibly apprehend unless it was filtered and titrated by the laboratory scientist that is Mr. Chow. His distillation takes ho-hum federal buildings and turns them into points of intrigue. Imagine that: the most blasé, bromidic, and brutish architecture can be not simply re-imagined but reborn to gives us an awe of wonder and henceforth gratitude for there being such beauty in even the most frankly ugly representations of bureaucratic girth. This successful artisanal effort must be praised.

And it’s actually paradoxical, then, that Mr. Chow is at his weakest when he captures the most architecturally inspiring work of Frank Gehry’s Disney Concert Hall. It isn’t that his work and its magisterial demonstration of contour, concentrated in such an exceptional minimalist format, is not provocative. But the fact that Mr. Gehry’s genius is so domineering makes it impassably consistent with Mr. Chow’s vision; we immediately know what building this is, because that is just how resplendent the Concert Hall is, thereby distracting us from concentrating on its aesthetic reduction. Beauty cannot be distilled because it is already there in its elemental form.

Speaking of contour, and of lines and of geometries, this is the technical epicenter of Mr. Chow’s work. We can hand-wave about the beauty that is shown, but full articulation is necessary. And it is that these photographs are beautiful because they give a sufficiency, a completeness and uniformity, to the man-made forms. It is all too easy for us to conduct a sense of awe when we look at the effortless beauty found in nature. When we look to our own man-made creations, there is an expectation that the effort cannot match the designs of natural phenomena.

The human being is too imperfect a creature to match it. Thus, to perceive such raw rationality in form, such overt intelligibility in the design due to the active hand of the use of reason in materializing a creation, is wondrous. These harmonies in lines and shapes with their modest completeness are inconceivable to be found as children born by Mother Earth. She enjoys almost scattered splashes of order which incidentally appear to us as magnificent. In a sense, then, Mr. Chow is capturing for us a plan of action that went accordingly! A marvel indeed for humanity! And above all else, a sense of appreciation of what mankind can potentially create. To commend mankind’s ability to create is just as fundamental to this terrific series. For it is indeed vital to be reminded how precious a gift it is.

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Solo Exhibit at 417 Gallery

 

20 Aug 2017 no comments / READ MORE

Solo Exhibit at Gallery 417, DTLA

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I feel honored and blessed to have the solo show at Gallery 417, sponsored by Metro 417, a boutique residence in a historical building in DTLA.

Attached here is the flyer produced by Gallery 417, these are posted in each elevator in the building – so cool. The opening reception was on May 11, thank you to each one of you who came by on opening night, and also came by later during the month long exhibit. You rock and thanks!

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10 Jun 2017 no comments / READ MORE

Photo Independent 2017

Posted by RichardSChow in curator, exhibits, Gallery, Photo, Photo Book

 

April 21 to 23 – Collaborated with Expo Contemporary and Festival of Photography at The Reef, DTLA.

So very happy we had a great turnout at our Booth#127.

Photo Independent was a fabulous fair and I totally enjoyed every minutes. Thanks to all who came out and the great chats I had with you all. I have always enjoyed meeting new friends and catching up with old friends – it’s lot better than emails, chat, FB or even phone call. I do appreciate the opportunity to connect with you.

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01 May 2017 no comments / READ MORE

Common Threads group show – my first curatorial exhibit

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Very grateful and Thank You to both Art Share L.A. and Month of Photography LA Lucie Foundation!

Art Share L.A. presents COMMON THREADS

Eight photographers, each unique in their artistic approach, choice and presentation – comes together in Common Threads – an exhibit that may require you to see beyond the image, and attempt to create your own narrative. We believe each image has some form of abstraction, whether visually or subconsciously.

The exhibit is sponsored by Art Share L.A. and a featured event for MOPLA (Month of Photograhy L.A.) by the Lucie Foundation. It is curated by Richard S. Chow.

Featured photographers are:

Brandy Trigueros |  http://www.brandytrigueros.com/
Glen Wexler |  http://www.glenwexlerstudio.com/
James Walker |  http://www.jwalkerimagery.com/
Jonas Yip |  http://www.jonasyipphotography.com/
Linda Kunik |  http://www.lindakunik.com/
Lori Pond |  http://www.loripond.com/
Richard S. Chow |  http://richardschow.com/
Sara Hadley |  http://sarahhadley.com/

http://www.monthofphotography.com/events-2017/2017/2/9/common-threads-a-group-show

 

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13 Mar 2017 no comments / READ MORE

News for 1Q 2017 – PHOTO LA + MOPLA

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Happy New Year!To work off those extra holiday calories, I hit the ground running in 2017 with a flurry of activities.  The first quarter is filled with a lot of great opportunities to enjoy fine art photographs from Photo LA fair, that also kicks off the Month of Photography LA… to my first curatorial effort! There are also Open Show presentations, a book exhibit, and plans are underway for a soft opening of my exhibit at Groundwork Coffee in Venice.

I hope to see you at some of these great venues!

PHOTO LA at The Reef, Los Angeles, Booth 830  | Jan 12-15Open Show LA at The Reef | Jan 14

MOPLA book exhibit + Reading Room at Venice Arts | Jan 21 reception

COMMON THREADS group show at Angel City Brewery | Feb 9 reception

PHOTO LA 
This coming weekend marks the 26th year of Los Angeles’ premier photo fair, with lots of exciting exhibits and events. The gala opens on Thursday,  Jan.12th at 7pm. This is the can-not-miss event for photography fans! Please see us Open Show LA at Booth #830, where I will be showing new work in the Urbanscape portfolio along with other Open Show alumni.
The Reef / The Mart - 1933 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Open Show LA
Open Show LA is kicking off 2017 with a break out session at the FOCUS booth at the Fair. We’ve lined up five fantastic winners from the annual FOCUS competition, including a rare opportunity to hear many who are from out of town. I am excited to see and hear more from the presenters. Please come hear their narratives and inspirations on Saturday,  Jan. 14th at noon, at The Reef.

MOPLA Book Exhibit + Venice Arts Reading Room 
Join me at the first annual book exhibit by MOPLA (Lucie Foundation Month of Photography LA) in partnership with Venice Arts Reading Room as part of the 2017 Converge program. I feel humbled to be included along with amazing photographers around the globe and their imaginative monograms in all formats from soft cover to large, coffee-table size volumes. My self-published book on the “Distant Memories” portfolio will be shown, along with a couple pieces on the wall. The opening event features book signing opportunities and book talks.

Venice Arts - 1702 Lincoln Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
Opening – Jan 21, 3-6pm
Runs from Jan 7-21

COMMON THREADS group show, at Angel City Brewery – sponsored by Artshare LA, a featured MOPLA event
The group show is curated by yours truly! I am very honored to be able to contribute opportunities for the public to enjoy the photography arts that I love. Hopefully you can join us at the opening on Thursday, Feb. 9th during the monthly DTLA Art Walk or at a later time as the exhibit runs thorough March 2.

Angel City Brewery - 216 Alameda St. Los Angeles, CA
Opening – Feb 9, 6-9pm
Runs from Feb 2 – Mar 2

In addition to these new events, you can still see my work at these exhibits:

Current exhibits:

    •    Beyond the Lines Gallery at the Bergamot Station in Santa Monica at 2419 Michigan Ave, G#8. Hours vary, please contact the gallery. OCEAN is the January exhibit and if you love the beach you don’t want to miss this. The closing party will be Saturday, Jan. 28, 5-8pm.

    •    Groundwork Coffee presents the Urbanscape series at the Venice location, Abott Kinney & Rose Ave, 671 Rose Ave, Venice. The show runs thru March, 2017.

The above events showcase two very different bodies of work - Urbanscape and Distant Memories. If you have any comments, please feel free to contact me via #FB, #IG or email at richard@richardschow.com

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Urbanscape II Series - new work @ PHOTO LA

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MOPLA Book exhibit +
​Venice Art Reading Room

Reading Room transforms Venice Arts into a space for exploration and engagement with a wide variety of work by photographic artists working in the book form. From bookworks independently published by artists to interactive book installations and fine press publications, Reading Room brings together the centers and margins of the world of the photo book today, and offers audiences a space to contemplate and investigate the photographic book form. Anchored by an interactive installation by Ara Oshagan, the exhibition includes work by Nancy Baron, Richard S. Chow, Genevieve Coutroubis, Clay Lipsky, Kevin Lynch, Marjorie Salvaterra, and Aline Smithson.The MOPLA Photo Book Exhibition is a juried, submission-based exhibition featuring both independently and commercially published books by emerging and established photographers around the world.

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 ​Distant Memories Series - @ Venice Arts and MOPLA Book show

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Group show at Angel City Brewery,
​curated by Richard S. Chow
Eight photographers, each unique in their artistic approach, choice and presentation, comes together in common threads - an exhibit that may require you to see beyond the image, and attempt to create your own narrative. We believe each image has some form of abstraction, whether visually or subconsciously.

  • sponsored by Artshare LA
  • featured MOPLA event

More details soon, please watch for FB invites

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TIFA – Tokyo International Foto Awards

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Very honored and blessed to receive 3 winning awards from the 2016 TIFA (Tokyo International Foto Awards). They are from three separate series and placed Gold, Silver and Bronze. I’d like to thank all of 25 jurors who are from all parts of the globe.

Gold – Urbanscape I in Architecture

Silver – Distant Memories in People

Bronze – Urbanscape II in Architecture

Please also check out the TIFA website to browse the other winning images, I am impressed as to the level of creativeness of the competition and feel lucky to be among them. It is indeed a good gift for the holidays times.

Cheers to all.

 

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27 Dec 2016 no comments / READ MORE

Artshare LA – Perimeter Gallery

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At the Opening reception at Artshare LA’s Perimeter Gallery, showcasing the Distant Memories series.

For this installation, it was two sets of 3×3 grid, looks okay I think. Exhibit dates are Dec 10 to Jan 7, 2017.

Also note that Artshare is a non-profit and it does so much to support the arts and artist communities in Los Angeles, and the team there is fab!

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14 Dec 2016 no comments / READ MORE

Upcoming Exhibits Winter 2016 – Happy Holidays to you and Yours!!!

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What I thought to be a sleepy’ish Winter is now filled with art events and photography!

Please see the below for exhibits and other events and I hope you could see some whenever feasible. Each of the events would likely have a FB event page, therefore please check out my FB or feel free to contact me directly, don’t be shy! :)

One of the biggest is PHOTO LA 2017 in January. I really hope to see some of you in person at the Fair!

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06 Dec 2016 no comments / READ MORE

2016 IPA International Photography Awards – 4 awards

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Very Appreciative to receive 4 Honorable Mention awards  on my two series.

Urbanscape BW - Architecture, Categories of a)Cityscape,  b)Buildings, c)Architecture

Distant Memories – Special Category

Thank you IPA and the 114 judges for this year’s competition. 

See the entire series here.

 

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19 Oct 2016 no comments / READ MORE

CA 101 – annual Exhibit in 2016 at the South Bay Galleria

Posted by RichardSChow in curator, exhibits, Gallery, Photo, Photo Book

What a great exhibit CA 101! And a fabulous location which is the South Bay Galleria!

My image is from the Urbanscape series. I was so honored to be selected, among all renowned artists. I also made it into the Catelog which in itself a collector’s item.

Thanks to Nina Zak Laddon and Dens Richardson and the team!

#ca101 #southbay #art #photography #la #galleryatthemall

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23 Aug 2016 no comments / READ MORE

Human Rights Project Exhibit at The Gallery Presents (Phantom Gallery LA)

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Human Rights Project at TGP – July 2 to Aug 21

Richard S. Chow

Title: Home Street Home

Medium: Fine Art Photography, framed 16×24”, Archival Pigment Print, Edition of 3.

Artist Statement:

Without hesitation, when I heard about the initiative, it is clear that I would create and submit to the show and be part of a movement that promotes awareness of Human Rights. I am proud to be one of the advocates and lend another voice to its importance. To further improve the gaps that exist globally, one must admit there is a problem – I hope this exhibit would highlight many facets of human rights issues and to encourage a dialog.

My image deals with the fundamental right to adequate shelter. One would think that homelessness is not as big as an issue in the U.S. but it is… As recently as 2015, Los Angeles elected leaders declared a ‘state of emergency’ on growing homelessness and committed over US$100M funding towards housing and other services for the homeless.

 

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23 Aug 2016 no comments / READ MORE

Solo exhibit review by Joseph Hazani, Art Critic and Podcast host

Posted by RichardSChow in curator, exhibits, Gallery, review

 

Hello all:

I am grateful to receive a solo-exhibit review and very glad to have met Joseph Hazani on opening night, thank you Joseph!

The solo exhibit entitled Distant Memories, the same name as the fine art series, was held at The Gallery Presents (Phantom Gallery) in Hawthorne, California. The exhibit was shown from March to June 2016, and curated by Duce Stein.

It was also a featured event, by Lucie Foundation’s MOPLA, Month of Photography LA.

 

Solo Exhibit Review

by

Joseph Hazani

(Art Critic, Podcast Host on Fine Arts/Photography)

Distant Memories by Richard S Chow

Distant Memories is a completely new and evolutionary ensemble by the award-winning photographer Richard S Chow. He is known most prominently for his ability to photograph color, whereas here he escapes pigmentation completely, opting for black and white glances at everyday life. The choice to abstain from filling his compositions with color accentuates his evolution of a photographer toward creating compelling narrative within the frames. He, in other words, does not want the viewer to be distracted by the natural visceral beauty which can be accidentally stunning when he snaps his camera. Instead, he wants us to concentrate on the humanity on display.

There are probably two dozen or so of these frames that were aligned linearly, as is commonly found in family homes which roll-out the family members and the ancestry of the residents. Here, however, we don’t always see human life and activity; there are still photos of the aspects of such life which nevertheless are a part of our very fabric which go unnoticed – like the air we breathe. And yet, how needed such air is, much like our footwear which Mr. Chow photographs, and how unconcerned we are for this necessity until it is taken away from us. Even something as discomforting as a missing shoe before we leave the house can be infuriating, and yet, why do we not say a prayer every day when our footwear and apparel are exactly where we need them to be?

This is the definitive message Mr. Chow wishes his audience to meditate upon: why do we not have more gratitude in our lives? Why do we take for granted as inhabitants of Los Angeles, for instance, being so close to the Pacific Ocean, when there are those who live their entire lives thousands of miles away from it, and will chart an expedition just to touch its waters? Why do we not appreciate more deeply the preciousness of being with our children? Of even the pregnant gestation of life itself? Just because something is ordinary and unexceptional, as is the case of the instances I just mentioned, does not make them meaningless. Indeed, the beauty of drawing out the meaning from mediocrity, as Mr. Chow does here, is to reveal that such goodness can be had so easily and abundantly by everyone with equal standing. These are universal possessions which transcend age, race, class, and gender.

And yet many in life neglect their attainment. Many concentrate their focus on negativity. Mr. Chow’s intentional inclusion of the interior view of a camera lens frame in his photographs indicates, much as a director of a film, an intention for the viewer to focus on the good things in life. And these things will always transcend the material medium which snags and weighs so many downward, toward a persistent attitude of ingratitude. Learning to need what one has, and to be grateful for what it gives, leaves a person much healthier than a person in persistently, disappointingly, pursuit of temporary bliss.

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Solo Exhibit at THE GALLERY PRESENTS – Distant Memories series

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April is the Month of Photography LA (MOPLA) and sure is busy around this time of year! 

I am honored and thrilled to be engaged in two upcoming exhibits:

Solo Exhibit – Distant Memories
The Gallery Presents in Hawthorne,
curated by Dulce Stein
A featured event of MOPLA

opening reception on April 30, 6-9pm.
Exhibit runs thru June 11.
12609 Hawthorne Blvd, Hawthorne.
Parking in the back or streets.

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Photo Independent Art Fair

Raleigh Studios in Hollywood

 VIP Opening on April 29, 7-10pm
Fair run thru May 1
@ the LACP booth (LA Center of Photography)
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Note: If you like complimentary Fair tickets for April 30 and May 1, please let me know.

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Group Show at 1650 Gallery in Echo Park

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A Juried Exhibit at the 1650 Gallery in Echo Park, address 1650 Echo Park Ave. Opening was Sat Feb 20th 2016. I met these guys at Photo l.a. last month! Theme of the show is “Reflections”. I have two pieces in the show. 

1650 Gallery Twilight 1650 Gallery Four and 4 at 1650 Gallery

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photo l.a. 2016

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Very happy to be exhibit at Photo l.a. 2016 in association with OPEN SHOW LA!
It was a whirlwind 3.5 days of photography fair, and very grateful to see old friends and meet new ones.

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Slideluck HONG KONG

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Producer for OPEN SHOW Los Angeles

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Beginning immediately I will be a Producer for Open Show Los Angeles Chapter!

OPENSHOW LA oneline logo

 

 

 

 

We just had our event #31 on Oct 14 at Venice Arts*, Venice CA.

Los Angeles is second, only in terms of events, to San Francisco where it originated.
Open Show is a global initiative with the unique goal of local engagement.There are so many benefits for visual artists – opportunities to present/dialog on your portfolio, obtain feedback, fine tune, and connect with the art communities.
Click to Like (OS LA) on Facebook and see previous shows & presenters.

Jonas Yip and I are both co-producers and we are working towards to the next show, which will be a special event partnered with photo l.a. 2016. Save the date on January 23.

If you know of or can offer an venue for hosting Open Show LA, please let me know :)

Mission:
Open Show focuses on locally organized events that create a powerful feedback loop between the public, partner organizations and creators (photographers, filmmakers and multimedia producers).

A few points that guide our organization on both the local and global level:
Get great work seen
Engaged storytelling
Conversation creates community
Learning at every level
Appreciation leads to support

A big Thanks to Venice Arts for hosting our last show!
OPENSHOW LA big logo
10 Dec 2015 no comments / READ MORE

Curator project for LA Photo Curator

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  • Curating project “Memories” – am honored to be the curator for the November exhibit at LA Photo Curator. Winners have been selected, please see LA Photo Curator website for 1st, 2nd and 3 honorable mentions. Congratulations to the winning photographers.

Curator project winner image

 

CURATOR RICHARD S. CHOW: ”Each submission in this open call is unique and compelling. Photographers offered their interpretations of “memories” with a wide variety of quality images. I immensely enjoyed reviewing each entry, and I’d to mention that the margin of placement were tiny.

For the first place winner, I have selected Samanta Aretino, whose image offers many layers of complexities for the viewers to contemplate. Aside from being aesthetically compelling, in the image I see a gamut of sentiments… joy, sadness, indifference, steady gaze, and last of all a sense of secrecy, an unanswered and enigmatic mystery. This image plays well with the theme of memories, often not so distinct and with seemingly unconnected fragments.”

Chow askes Aretino, “How does this image, Memories in Motion, relate to your own unique memories, and how was that manifested?”

SAMANTA ARETINO: ”My image “Memories in motion” is related to my own memories because it express the way my memory travels, shifts, moves towards moments of my life, both in adolescence and childhood, where different emotions are mixed.
The image generated by this movement is not static, it is not defined. I can´t see it completely because it is distorted by the same memories and the new experiences.”

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Read more about first place winner Samanta Aretino:
Gifted with a strong affinity for cityscapes and color, many of Aretino’s photographs focus on women, children, and urban landscape.

However, her work never comes off as something simply dedicated to a cause.
She explores multiple techniques and subjects.

With clever and skillful framing, Aretino forces her viewers to care about her subjects and take an interest in them.
Although they appear frequently isolated, there’s an implication of the world around them that makes them more than lonely, existential figures.

Aretino emigrated from Buenos Aires, the country of her birth, to Spain in 2001. She says this experience greatly affected her work and made her look at the world in a different way, with the knowledge that there are many ways to live, create, express, feel, and relate to people. Aretino’s photographs reflect this understanding: they’re an exploration of the world and how people navigate through it. www.samantaaretinophoto.com
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Awarded Honorable Mentions in 3 categories at 2015 IPA competition

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IPA 2015 honor mention cert

Very excited to receive awards for Honorable Mention in 3 categories – at the 2015 IPA International Photography Awards! Thanks to all 117+ jurors in this year’s competition and of course the Lucie Foundation. Apparently they received 17841 submissions from over 230 countries.

The 3 categories for recognition are:
- Deeper Perspective
- Fine Art
- Special Category

Click to see the images at IPA website, and check out the other winners with all compelling stuff!
You can see the rest of the series at my website here.

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Curator for the November exhibit at LA Photo Curator – “Memories”

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I feel very honored to curate the November exhibit for LA Photo Curator. Really looking forward to have a look at the entries and to dialog on a few winning images. A winner, second place and a few honorable mentions are in the plans.

Check out the prospectus below and pass it on… Thx.

CLICK here for more details. Submit your entries by Oct 27.

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CALL FOR ENTRY
Memories

Everyone has them and they influence who we are at the most fundamental level. How the human brain sifts through our collective life experiences to cull over only selective moments to retain remains a mystery, however insight into the formation and retention of our earliest memories suggests that peoples’s memories often begin with significant personal events infused by their nature with emotion. This month’s juried exhibition encourages the photographer to explore the notion of how memories are retained and played back in the psyche of the person who holds them, and to represent the artistic interpretation visually. For the purpose of this theme, please try to focus on early memories in your life, however, feel free to adjust or create as you see fit. There are no specific rules except that they are your photographs and most importantly they are your imagination. Supplementing your visuals with an artists statement is encouraged.

L.A. Photo Curator is proud to have Richard S. Chow as this month’s curator for the theme of “Memories.” Chow is a fine art and documentary photographer that has exhibited in galleries and online across the United States and internationally. Chow’s solo show in downtown L.A. earlier in 2015, “Memories Redux”, brought lots of high praise. Chow has also placed twice in the prestigious Lucie Foundation International Photography Awards.

For more info about Chow please go to:
http://www.richardschow.com

A percentage of artist fees will go to Chow’s charity http://www.createnow.org

Submit work: September 29- October 27, 2015 (Midnight PST)

Opening date for show and online review: November 2 , 2015
Show closes and is archived on website: November 30, 2015

 

 

 

 

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Slideluck Los Angeles 2015 – SPACES and FACES

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So glad to be participating in this one-night only show “Spaces and Faces“. Slideluck is a great organization. Please come out to support them and have some fun, great desert to boot. 

To rsvp or info, please visit  https://www.facebook.com/events/642878495888936/    The cost is $5.00

Slideluck is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization dedicated to building and strengthening community through food and art. Since 2000, Slideluck has been bringing events that combine a multimedia slideshow with a potluck dinner to over 85 cities and communities all over the world. To learn more about Slideluck, please visit their website here.

slideluck 2015

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Gallery photos for my solo exhibit “Memories Redux”

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The opening night was jammed packed, and didn’t really take any photo during that night. WHAT! I am not a photographer, right!?

I felt bad that I could not speak to everyone. Thanks to a lot of my peeps who came out. And even some iconic photography figures – you know who you are and thank you both for coming out to see and the positive feedback!  :)

The debut of my newest series Distant Memories was exciting.

And thanks to Cause Gallery!

3-5-SOLO exhibit #1 IMG_65362-4-File May 20, 10 40 37 PM 4-2-DSC08665 5-1-DSC08654

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Exhibit displays for EARLY WORKS – C4FAP Colorado & UARTS Philadelphia

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At the Center For Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins Colorado. A big thanks to Hamidah Glasgow, Exec director C4FAP.

My image is the second column from the left, the single picture.

The feedback for this group exhibition has been fabulous and it is becoming a nice travelling show. Stay tuned for the next venue.

 

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It was very cool to be part of the show at UARTs – University of the Arts in Philadelphia. Below is the exhibition display. I have the lower left side image.

 

UARTS show view Early works

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OPEN SHOW @ photo l.a.

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Good to keep track of fellow finalists!!

EVENT:  EMERGING FOCUS Competition Finalists @ photo l.a.
SHOW DATE:  January 18, 2014 (Sat) 5:30pm
VENUE:  EMERGING FOCUS EXPO @ photo l.a. L.A. Mart 1933 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
COST: Free (with purchase of general admission to photo l.a.)

FEATURED FINALIST PRESENTERS

Richard S. Chow | www.richardschow.com
David Morse | www.davidmorsephotography.com
Juliet Deissroth | www.julietdeissrothphotography.com
Kevin Krupitzer | kevinkrupitzer.com
Walt Jones | www.waltjones.com
Michele Zousmer | michelezousmer.com
Robby Cavanaugh | www.robbycavanaugh.com
Chris Panagakis | www.chrispanagakis.com
Stephen Krupnicktravelswithstephen.com

We are excited to start the New Year with a bang at photo l.a. where it will be at its new location downtown in the LA Mart.  Open Show LA proud to continue our partnership with EMERGING FOCUS to hold a special event that will feature artist talks for theEMERGING FOCUS photo contest. The contest winners will be announced on Friday night at photo l.a. and we will host an artist talk event on Saturday afternoon with the winners and finalists.

28 Feb 2014 no comments / READ MORE

Early Works at The Center of Fine Art Photography c4fap.org

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So glad to be included in this exhibit. On-going now until March 1.

There are so many compelling stories and images.

 

Early Works contains photographs taken by many notable photographers when they were children; each paired with a personal narrative from the photographer recalling the memory of the experience and how it affected them.

 At c4fag.org 

early works at C4FAP

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IPA International Photography Award mentions

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It is so nice of IPA (International Photography Awards) to tag me! I’m grateful for the social media promote, also done via Twitter, no less!

 

 

 

IPA COMMUNITY:CONGRATULATIONS to RICHARD CHOW, 2013 Winner in the Architecture: Cityscapes Category, Non-Pro.Richard’s work is now being represented at photo LA by Duncan Miller Gallery, the Artist’s Corner Gallery and Emerging Focus!

OPEN SHOW LA in association with EMERGING FOCUS will also present Richard as he talks about his work at the seminar held on January 18, 2014 at 5:30pmhttp://www.emergingfocusphoto.com/seminars.php#open

To see the entire series of winning images, please visit:http://www.photoawards.com/en/Pages/Gallery/zoomwin.php?eid=8-61877-13&uid=80379&code=Cityscapes

Photo: IPA COMMUNITY:</p><br />
<p>CONGRATULATIONS to RICHARD CHOW, 2013 Winner in the Architecture: Cityscapes Category, Non-Pro.</p><br />
<p>Richard's work is now being represented at photo LA by Duncan Miller Gallery, the Artist's Corner Gallery and Emerging Focus!</p><br />
<p>OPEN SHOW LA in association with EMERGING FOCUS  will also present Richard as he talks about his work at the seminar held on  January 18, 2014 at 5:30pm  http://www.emergingfocusphoto.com/seminars.php#open</p><br />
<p>To see the entire series of winning images, please visit: http://www.photoawards.com/en/Pages/Gallery/zoomwin.php?eid=8-61877-13&uid=80379&code=Cityscapes
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photo l.a.

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You are cordially invited to the 23rd annual photo l.a. which takes place from Jan 16 to 19 at the LA Mart in downtown LA. It looks to be the biggest show and fantastic programs to-date since outgrowing the Santa Monica Civic space last year. www.photola.com

 

I am both honored and excited to be exhibiting in 3 galleries/booths in photo l.a., as well as an artist talk presented by Open Show. Please see details below. Hope to see you there!

 

Thanks!

 

EMERGING FOCUS [COMPETITION] @ PHOTO L.A. 2014
January 16-19, 2014 | L.A. MART | 1933 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Juried by Ken Gonzales-Day, Peter Frank, Susan Spiritus and Brian Clamp

· Launch Party | Friday, January 17th, 6pm-8pm | photo l.a. EMERGING FOCUS Exhibition space. Jurists will announce the Grand Prize, Second, and Third Place winners from 20 finalists.

 

ROUND HOLE, SQUARE PEG | A NEW LGBT VISUAL AESTHETIC FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
January 16-19, 2014 | photo l.a., Artist’s Corner Gallery and Book exhibition space. Juried by Paul Bridgewater, Rick Perez, Valda Lake and Phil Tarley

· At the Artists Corner Gallery booth at photo l.a. Booth #121

· Also exhibiting at the Artists Corner Gallery in Hollywood, the month of February and March.

 

 

DUNCAN Miller Gallery, Daily Photogrpah
January 16-19, 2014 | photo l.a., Juried by Daniel Miller. At the Duncan Miller Gallery Daily Photograph Booth #521.

 

 

Open SHOW, in association with Emerging Focus – Artist talk
January 18, 2014 at 5:30pm | photo l.a., at the EMERGING FOCUS Exhibition space. Selected finalist will present a series of images, as well as artist talk about the work.

 

 

 

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