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The Instagram Show - Celebrating the Art of the Camera Phone

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This curated exhibition will feature a diverse selection images taken, edited and/or shared with camera-phones using apps such as instagram, Hipstamatic, Oggle, Snapseed, Camera+, Snapchat, Tadaa, PS express, and more.


Over 100 submissions from all over the world (Egypt, Argentina, Turkey, Italy, Lebanon, Switzerland…) will be on display, encompassing a wide variety of themes and subject matter. Selections from the show can be seen at at facebook.com/instagramshowla


Gallery hours for this special three day event are:


Thursday, 12/5- 6pm-9pm

Friday, 12/6- 12pm-11pm artist's reception 7pm-11pm

Saturday, 12/7- 12pm-11pm artist's reception 7pm-11pm


Free and open to the public (all ages).



M E L R O S E   L I G H T S P A C E

7600 Melrose Ave.

L.A. CA 90046












Peter Michelena - curator



Peter Michelena is a Los Angeles based photographer and fine artist. Peter grew up in 

a house filled with art and design, where aesthetics were important and creativity was 

encouraged. Drawing was Peter's first form of creative expression, which soon led to 

painting, but it was not until he was a student at Art Center College of Design that he 

added photography to his repertoire. Michelena's professional career began while he 

was still in school and soon his work was being featured on movie posters and on 

magazine and CD covers. In 2000, he opened Melrose Lightspace, a West Hollywood 

creative space for photo shoots, art exhibitions, performance events, workshops 

and Sunday morning figure drawing classes.


In addition to his commercial photography, Peter's fine art continues to evolve as a combination 

of alternative photographic processes and abstract painting. Original pieces and 

high quality, limited edition digital prints are available through the artist and commissions 

are welcome. When not in the studio or on location, Peter likes to surf and swim, or you 

might just find him walking in his Larchmont neighborhood, his dog Daisy leading the way.


Clients include: Disney / Touchstone, Interscope Records, Warner Bros. Records, Warner International

Giant Records, Euphonix, A Tear and Smile Designs, New York Speed Clothing, J-Moda 

Clothing, R-Factor Clothing, LA Style Magazine, Option Magazine, Mountain Bike Magazine

MFX, Chuck Lore Productions, Sunfire Audio, ICU Art, Vape Pen, NV Clinical, BedBug Movie...




Michael Rababy - curator



Documentary / street photographer, filmmaker Michael Rababy likes taking pictures of people.  He studied art history at the University of San Diego before spending time in Paris. Taking influence from Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and Henri Cartier-Bresson, his ethnographic documentary book, American Bachelor details the highs and lows of the single male.  His credits include The VICE Magazine Photo Book, Mercedes-Benz / Merkley and Partners, E!, the style network, Fine Living, People Magazine, LA Weekly, the Village Voice, Time-Out New York, Hamburger Eyes, Citizen LA, and LA Canvas.  His street photography was featured in Girlfriend Confidential:LA and he was the official portrait photographer for The Learning Channel's highly rated series LA Ink.


His short film Still Lives, which tells a story through black and white still photographs set to piano music, premiered at the Palm Springs International Short film Festival, was an official selection of the Miami Short Film Festival and screened at the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival. 


Michael lives in Southern California with his record collection and is currently at work on his latest masterpiece.




Michael Britt - Guest Judge


In addition to being the Director of Education for all the Samy’s Camera stores, Michael is also an instructor.

When Michael came to Los Angeles with his wife, actress Cheryl White, he started as a unit stills photographer on film and TV which kept him busy for over a decade. In 1995 he purchased his first Apple computer and discovered a passion and inherent aptitude for digital photography. This quickly earned him a fantastic reputation in the emerging digital photography space and he soon found himself as the consultant to high end photographers converting to digital.

All of his experience; technical, creative and marketing culminated in the creation of Image Mechanics where Michael was managing partner until 2009. It was during his development of the brand for his new business that he was tapped as a writer/speaker for digital imaging workflow and archiving. Some of his speaking credits include; Thomas Knoll’s Soup-To-Nuts, PDN On the Road (5 city tour), PIDE, Imaging USA, and the Digital Media Festival in Sydney Australia. He was also asked consult for the tech industry and he wrote the manual that shipped with Adobe Light Room 1.0. He is a certified digital photography expert for the State of California Community College system where he was instrumental in developing a Digital Tech program for Cypress College where he is on the advisory board. He is also on the board of the Santa Monica College photo program.

As someone who sees technological shifts coming, Michael co-produced the critically acclaimed Collision Conference, the very first event focusing on the collision of stills and motion, bringing together speakers like Shane Hurlbut ASC, Rodney Charters and Vincent Laforet for the first time. He followed up the Collision Conference with the PhotoCine Expo which focused exclusively on video DSLR filmmaking. His recent projects include a book co-written with Lou Lesko for Cengage publishing called Photocine: Digital Filmmaking with DSLRs.



Lenora Claire - Guest Judge



Described by the LA Weekly as a “real life Jessica Rabbit” and named one of their 2011 “People of the Year”, Lenora Claire is a Los Angeles based multiple career juggling glamour gal who takes all of her absurd projects very seriously.


After appearing on TMZ, NPR, NBC, LA Times, National Enquirer, LA Bizarro and various other media, Lenora is perhaps best known as a national news-making curator following the success of her Golden Gals Gone Wild art show, featuring erotic depictions of the Golden Girls. The show first debuted at the World of Wonder gallery in Los Angeles in 2007 and has since appeared at the World Erotic Art Museum in Miami. Lenora followed with several headline grabbing shows including Bettie Page: Heaven Bound featuring the art of legendary pin-up artist Olivia whom Lenora has also had the honor of modeling for. Video from the Bettie Page: Heaven Bound opening reception courtesy of World of Wonder.


As a model, Lenora has appeared in multiple magazines and books, but her biggest accomplishment to date was being featured in the USA Network/Vanity Fair Character Project ad campaign which landed Lenora’s face on billboards in Times Square, an aggressive ad campaign on the streets of NYC and the subway, commercials on CNN, USA, and NBC, as well as a poster which appeared in Vanity Fair.


Lenora is also an accomplished entertainment journalist with hundreds of published articles to her credit. While on staff at Frontiers Magazine for nearly four years Lenora wrote four bi-weekly columns and interviewed such cult icons as Pee Wee Herman, John Waters, Elvira, Lynda Carter, Julie Newmar, and Bob Mackie. Lenora is also a host of a popular web series called doNUTS where she interviews the colorful late night weirdos that frequent 24 hour donut shops. Lenora was named one of the top 10 Jews in comedy by Heeb Magazine


Lenora’s birthday monkey and unicorn attended birthday parties have appeared in everything from the LA Weekly to LA Times as well as part of a TV series about Los Angeles called Allez a LA that ran on the Canal Plus network in France. Lenora also hosted the outrageous nightclub Mr. Black at LA hotspot Bardot for three years.



Lenora worked as head curator of Pop tART Gallery in 2011 but left to pursue other projects. Lenora has also worked on developing TV projects with Doron Ofir, the #1 reality TV casting agent in the world (Jersey Shore, Millionaire Matchmaker, Rupaul’s Drag Race) and hopes to star on, write, and produce more television projects in the future. Lenora has also worked as a Casting Producer on such shows as Rehab with Dr. Drew on VH1, Tattoo Nightmares on Spike, Fangasm on SyFy, and Taboo on National Geographic. Lenora can currently be seen hosting The Obscenesters with Dee Simon every Monday night from 7-8 pm PST on T Radio V.

Artist ( Description ): 

Over 100 submissions from all over the world (Egypt, Argentina, Turkey, Italy, Lebanon, Switzerland…) will be on display, encompassing a wide variety of themes and subject matter. Selections from the show can be seen at at facebook.com/instagramshowla

Other Info: 



Venue ( Address ): 

M E L R O S E   L I G H T S P A C E

7600 Melrose Ave.

L.A. CA 90046

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