FATHOM is pleased to present It Looks So Real, an exhibition of urban landscape photography by Robert Landau. The exhibition is on view from April 16th through May 28th at FATHOM in Los Angeles. There is an artist’s reception on April 30th.
It Looks So Real is a 40 year tour of Los Angeles through the lens of native son Robert Landau. Although he travels the world shooting on assignment, Robert always comes back to his first love, The City of Angels — focusing his camera on the distinct, fleeting and sometimes iconic visual facets of the city and its streets. The images in the exhibition are grounded in the classic style of European street photographers who pioneered the genre, but Landau’s work carries street photography into the modern era and is equally influenced by the nature of Los Angeles itself — a city like no other.
“While the influences of Landau’s predecessors, such as Eugene Atget, Andre Kertesz, and Elliott Erwitt are easily recognized, Robert’s unique perspective and use of color captures LA as the city truly is, bright, loud and screaming for attention,” explains Anne Martin, FATHOM Gallery Director.
“So many of the things I’m drawn to photograph, here in LA, were meant to be viewed through the windshield of a car driving by, and designed to somehow get the driver’s attention — which is what makes this city so unique compared to old world cities like Paris, for instance,” said Robert Landau.
Robert Landau: (American, b. 1953) is perhaps best known for his unique vision of the Los Angeles urban landscape. A native of Los Angeles, he graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 1976 and has exhibited his work in the U.S. and abroad. Landau grew up in Los Angeles, the son of pioneering art dealer Felix Landau. Robert’s photography has been published in five books, the most recent being the popular Rock ‘N’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip (Angel City Press). Landau also works on travel/editorial related assignments often collaborating with renowned travel journalist Peter Greenberg.
FATHOM: Located in Downtown Los Angeles, FATHOM exhibits an eclectic mix of art and photography including works from emerging and mid-career artists through museum masters. FATHOM is part of the Iconix Art Group,Inc., a vertically integrated art publishing and creative services company. The firm operates a small art complex in downtown Los Angeles, combining an art gallery, production studio and an editorial/development office