Alain Laboile-1 Deborah Anderson

Experience a visual storytelling of time and history as seen through the lens of photographers Alain Laboile  and Deborah Anderson at Leica Gallery Los Angeles from May 17 through June 25.

Born on May 1, 1968 in Bordeaux, France, Alain Laboile is a photographer and father of six. In 2004, he needed to put together a portfolio of his work as a sculptor and thus acquired a camera. He soon developed a taste for macro photography, spurred by his passion for entomology. Later on, he pointed his lens towards his growing family which became his major subject: a life on the edge of the world, where intemporality and the universality of childhood meet.

"In his giant outdoor studio where he controls space, time and light, Alain laboile watches his six children. He captures moments of nothing, the unexpected as the expected, the blooming as the outbreak, imagination as banality. His tracking shots put everything on hold: the passage of time, the waltz of the clouds, the leaves in the wind. He shapes the humble material of everyday life like organic matter, enchanting it. It is certainly not paradise, nor the angels' dream life. It is simply life; just life and nothing else." -Julie Guiyot Corteville, Chief curator of the French Museum of Photography

"I recently traveled to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the home to the Oglala Lakota Nation. I was told it is one of the poorest of all the reservations and as I observed the broken pieces of a history that has tried to erase these people, I met with the women that are the backbone of the community and keepers of their ancient wisdom.

Recognizing that their voices are that of their ancestors, the oral traditions have survived centuries of abuse, genocide and misrepresentation by the non indigenous people, my story had just begun as I was shown a side of this powerful Nation that so few outsiders get to witness. 

These photos presented are stills from my upcoming feature documentary film about the Native Women that live on the Indian reservations in America. Their stories of loss, suicide, murder and epidemic meth addiction amongst their community are mirrored by their deep ancestral roots, traditional ceremony, prayer and hope.

The story of the White Buffalo Calf Woman holds a deep importance within the Lakota tribe and many other Native tribes across the continent. The understanding is that of manifestation, rebirth, abundance and world harmony.

It was told that next time there is chaos and disparity, she would return again. She said she would return as a White Buffalo Calf. Some believe she already has." -Words of Chief Arvol Looking Horse, 19th Generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe of the Lakota Nation

Alain Laboile & Deborah Anderson

05/17/2018 - 06/25/2018

Leica Gallery Los Angeles

8783 Beverly Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90048

Phone: 424-777-0341

Opening hours:
Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm
Sunday 12pm-5pm

Complementary valet parking is available Monday through Friday in the parking lot to the right of the store.