In connection with the year-long celebration of the centennial of the Santa Monica Pier, the Los Angeles League of Photographers (LALOP) is holding an exhibition of photographs of the Pier in the historic carousel building beginning Friday, March 20th, through Saturday, April 18th.

Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation community venue liaison and pier historian James Harris plans to attend the exhibition opening scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 20th to sign copies of his new book, Santa Monica: A Century on the Last Great Pleasure Pier.

Free carousel rides will be available during the League of Photographerís exhibition opening. The exhibit will run through April 18th during carousel operating hours, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The carousel is closed Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Los Angeles League of Photographers ìAt the Pierî exhibit is curated by Cindy Bendat, Sara Jane Boyers and Martin Cox. Participating photographers are Deborah Arlook, Bendat, Devadatta Best, Boyers, Larry Brownstein, Martin Cox, Margery Epstein, Helen K. Garber, Barbara Gluck, Mathieu Grandjean, Ken Haber, Mark Indig, Biana le Mouel, Douglas McCulloh, Ann Mitchell, Don Schwartz, Aline Smithson and Angela Spieles.

Founded in 2002 and modeled after the renowned New York Photo League, the Los Angeles League of Photographersí mission is to expose the wider public to photographyís essential social, political, and aesthetic values while forming a network of working fine art, street and commercial photographers, league members said. The League of Photographers join together to discuss, debate and review photography, to share and critique work and to organize photographic exhibitions about the Los Angeles community in all of its diversity.