LOS ANGELES AND NEW YORK - April showers bring May flowers, but in the art world it seems like it’s raining photography this month, as two key photo fairs on opposite coasts keep collectors busy.

Zoe Crosher’s Almost The Same (Veil) from 2010 will be exhibited at Paris Photo Los Angeles. Image courtesy of the artist and Perry Rubenstein Gallery, Los Angeles. © Zoe Crosher.

Underway now through Saturday at that redoubtable New York venue the Park Avenue Armory is AIPAD, now in its 33rd year and qualifying as the longest-running show for photography. Eighty dealers are on hand, including New York stalwarts like Bryce Wolkowitz, Julie Saul, James Danziger and Bruce Silverstein; Japan and China are represented by two galleries each.

The panel programming, scheduled for Saturday at Hunter College, looks particularly good. One session, “Photographers and Critics,” includes the writer Vince Aletti and the artist Ruby LaToya Frazier, whom I recently interviewed. Another chat focuses on the Los Angeles photography scene—which is as good segue as any to talk about the other fair spotlighting this medium, Paris Photo Los Angeles.



Hiroshi Sugimoto's Avalon Theatre, Catalina Island from 1993 will be exhibited at Paris Photo Los Angeles © Hiroshi Sugimoto, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.


It’s the very first edition of this spinoff fair from Paris Photo, the November event that has been an important stop on the circuit. Even better, Paris Photo Los Angeles takes place April 26-28 in a fun venue: on the fabled backlot of Paramount Pictures Studios, including the famous New York Street you’ve seen in a thousand movies. Fifty-nine galleries are signed up, including a few, like Howard Greenberg, that are also doing AIPAD.



Paris Photo’s Los Angeles home will be on the Paramount Pictures Studios, including the New York Street backlot. Courtesy Paramount Pictures Studios.


Again, the Paris Photo Los Angeles public programming looks unusually good, including one chat I’d consider flying to L.A. for: the pitch-perfect combination of Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and photographer Gregory Crewdson, he of the elaborately constructed scenes. Two people who have invented moody, troubling worlds, and who are not afraid of moments of intense stillness, together for (presumably) the first time. Perfect.