Classic Photographs Los Angeles began in 2010 when a small group of gallery owners and photography dealers, looking for an alternative to over-sized art fairs, organized an intimate photography show at the Michael Dawson Gallery on Larchmont Boulevard in Los Angeles. Intending to continue and improve this yearly event, three of the original participants, Michael Dawson, Amanda Doenitz and Richard Moore formed Classic Photographs LLC and successfully expanded the size and scope of the show, while preserving the emphasis on quality of work and expertise of exhibitors.
Classic Photographs LLC
P. O. Box 39994
Los Angeles, CA 90039
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Michael Dawson is a private dealer and appraiser specializing in rare books and fine art photography including historical photographs of California and the Southwest. Michael has written widely on photography and has owned and operated his own gallery as well as the celebrated Dawson’s Book Shop in Los Angeles – a business established by his grandfather in 1905. He is a member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA), the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, (ILAB) and the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD). Michael is known as an expert in the history of Southern California photography.
Amanda Doenitz is an independent appraiser and art advisor, formerly Vice President, Head of Department, Photographs, with Christie's, Inc.; Head of Department, Photographs, with Butterfield & Butterfield, San Francisco; and Associate Director, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. She served as an Expert Witness in 2006 in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, San Francisco Division: Christopher R. Harris v the San Jose Mercury News, Inc., has appeared on the Antique's Roadshow
and HGTV's “Appraise It!” For five years Amanda was a Contributing Editor for the art journal Art On Paper
, where she wrote a regular column entitled “Market Update: Photographs.”
A private dealer of vintage photography since 2000, Richard Moore previously worked as a photographer, graphic designer and art director. He has designed over 20 books and catalogues on photography related subjects. Specializing in American photography from the 20th century, Richard has special interest in social documentary photographers, Group f/64, and the Photo-Secession. He is a member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), and currently serves as a member of the AIPAD Board of Directors.