Billed as one of the largest photography-based art fairs in the country, photo l.a. will return to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium for its 21st edition Friday through Monday, Jan. 13 through 16.

photo l.a. provides dealers from around the world a platform to exhibit vintage masterworks and contemporary photography, as well as video and multimedia installations.

Over the last couple of decades, photo l.a. has exhibited more than 300 galleries, private dealers and publishers, as well as presented more than 150 lectures and collecting seminars to the public, event organizers say.

The event has attracted over 11,000 interested collectors, curators and dealers of photography annually, organizers added.

In addition to lectures, panels, book signings, and special installations, photo l.a. will feature Salon de Tableaux, an area of tabletop presentations showcasing vintage, vernacular and unique photography. Among other highlights are photoBOOK, a forum with guest reviewers offering feedback to photographers on their book proposals.

As the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 initiative continues this month, photo l.a. will include installations focusing on post-World War II art created in Southern California.

For information on tickets and a schedule of events, www.photola.com.

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