Natural light at Pier 59 in Santa Monica made reviewing optically great at Month of Photography Los Angeles Fresh Look.

The Lucie Foundation‘s Hossein Farmani reviews the work of Justin Maxon, a San Francisco based photographer with a remarkable body of documentary based work. Reviewer Susan Baraz of AtEdge, standing.

The beautifully haunting photographs from Justin Maxon’s series on Chester, Pennsylvania use layered negatives to tell a story of poverty, crime, despair and resilience.

Angie Smith takes time from the wonderful job she’s been doing promoting MOPLA to show me her work.

Angie Smith’s Western landscapes, like this photograph of “Tamarack Resort, Idaho,” reflect the odd juxtapositions of natural environments and human encroachment.