I am a commercial and fine art photographer. I have been creating images for over 40 years. Starting as my mom's assistant at age 8, I would carry her power pack for her stobes at weddings, social gatherings, news events, and television and movie sets. Eventually, I was promoted to loading her 4x5 film holders and a second shooter, eventually photographing weddings and other events as the primary photographer.

Not to diminish commercial assignments, today, I spend additional time pursuing conceptual art and displaying my work in art galleries. Being of eclectic tastes, I enjoy moving between genres. This allows me to explore creativity in many ways and expand my skills and tastes.

 

Shows & Exhibits:

June  9 –July 16, 2016 – “10 Year Anniversary” group exhibition at Gallery Azul, 520 W. 8th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. Included 4 of my images: 1) Lying with Artichoke, 2) Betrayed, 3) Fathers Hands with Citron, & 4) Consumption of Love.

April 29 – May 19, 2016 – “Dulcepalloza 2016” group exhibition at 140 Center St, El Segundo, CA. Included my image “The Moroccan”

September 3 - October 25, 2015 – “Iconic Mugshots” group exhibition at Gallery Azul, 520 W. 8th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. Included my images from my Mr. Potato Head series.

June 20 to July 20, 2015 – “Las Sirenas” group exhibition at Gallery Azul, 520 W. 8th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. Included my Mermaid image “Dad, Look!”

October 2 to November 6, 2014 – “9th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Group Art Exhibition Recordando a Nuestros Idolos” at Gallery Azul, 520 W. 8th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731.

August 7 to September 14, 2014 – “About Dogs and Cats” group show and fundraiser for Dharma Rescue (www.dharmarescue.org). Gallery Azul, 520 W. 8th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. Headline image plus 3 other animal images for this group show

November 1 to November 23, 2013 – “8th Annual Dia de Los Muertos Group Art Exhibition Recordando a Nuestros Idolos” at Gallery Azul, 520 W. 8th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. The image “The Nativity” was included

June 30 to August 1, 2013 – “Boxed” at Vivid Gallery, 501 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802. Images from my series “Boxed”

June 6 to July 5, 2013 – “2013 California Open Photo Show”. Group show at The Loft Gallery, 401 S Mesa, San Pedro, CA 90731. 3 large images: “Woman & the Artichoke”, “Father’s Hands & Citron”, and “Betrayed”

June 1 to July 6, 2013 – “The Wild Feminine Group Exhibition” at Gallery Azul, 520 W. 8th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. 4 images including headlining image “Hurt”.

June 1 to June 29, 2013 – “Skin Inc” at Vivid Gallery, 501 E. Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802. Featured artist

January 22, 2013 - E! True Hollywood Story, "50 Shades of Grey", 5 photographs of Hudsy Hawn used for the episode.

March 1 - April 5, 2012 – “Femme Fatale” at Flazh Alley Studio & hosted by Gallery Azul. Also was the photographer for the opening event.

February 2 to March 1, 2012 – “Metaphors of Love: Eros, Hearts & Red Roses”, Group Exhibition at the Gallery Azul, San Pedro, CA.

January 22 to April 20,, 2012 – “Dear Harbor” , Group Exhibition at the Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA.

July 7 to August 4, 2011 – “The Woman and the Apple”, group show at Gallery Azul. Panel of the “Maturation of Eve” reviewed by the newspaper “Random Lengths as the highlight of the show. Also, the image of “Eve and the Apple” was the promotional image.

June 1, 2011 – “DART St Louis”, Group Show to raise funds and awareness of St Louis. Created “Zombies at Park & Mississippi”,  2nd place.

March 11, 2011 – “What a Pair”, group show/fundraiser at the Croatian Cultural Center, San Pedro, CA

January 31 to March 5, 2011 – “Boxed: The Life We Build for Ourself”, Solo Exhibition at the Flazh Alley Studio, San Pedro, CA.

February 24-26, 2011 – “Naughty Gras 2011”, Group show at the Koken Art Factory, St Louis, MO

August 1, 2010 to February 1, 2011 – “Boxed”, Solo Exhibit at the Crack Fox, St Louis MO. Images continued to hang there until July 1, 2011 as part of a group exhibition. October 24, 2009 – Solo Show at The Corner Store, 1118 W. 37th Street, San Pedro. Images from Africa

August 1 to October 31, 2003 – Group show at The Artist World Gallery, 311 W. 7th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731 (310) 832-6604

April 1 to September 30, 2003 – Group show at The Corner Store, 1118 37th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731 (310) 832-2424

April 12 to May 11, 2003 - Group show at Angels Gate Cultural Center, 3601 S. Gaffey Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731

September 23 to November 1, 2002 – Group show at San Pedro Sheraton Hotel, San Pedro, CA 90731

September 4, 2002 to October 4 – “Joy in Labor”, Group show at Ma Griffe, 3624 S. Gaffey Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731

August 17 to September 22, 2002 – “Seeing the Sea”, Group show at Angels Gate Cultural Center, 3601 S. Gaffey Ave., San Pedro, CA 90731

July 24 to November 17, 2002 – Solo Show at the Distinctive Edge, 29050 S. Western Ave, Suite 113, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. (310) 833-3613

November 1, 2001 to September 4, 2002 - Group Show, Creations Art, 377 W. 7th Street, San Pedro, CA 90731. (310) 833-5080.

1982                Solo photo show at Crocker Bank, 6th and Pacific, San Pedro, CA 90731

 

Awards & Contests:

 

2003  First Place – Humor. Popular Photography and Imaging Magazine for “Best Friends”. Appear in the January 2004 issue for their Annual International Picture contest.

2003  Grand Prize Winner for the American Humane Society’s 2003 Humane Images Photo Contest as well as First Place in the category “Children and Animals”.

1982  Honorable Mention for “S.S. Wilmington Getty”

1981  Grand Prize winner for “T.S. Golden Bear in Storm”

 

Music Videos:

 “Nasty Tattoos” for the band The Reasons Why. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FA3mU-Eu4PU

 Other:

Still photography of 2015 Conquer the Bridge images in the 2016 Fleet Week Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnX8itwty_Q

 

Contact Information:

 

Reidar L. Schopp

940 Channel Street

San Pedro, CA 90731

(310) 345-3764