LAAA Presents Karchi Perlmann’s ‘LA Rhapsody – Super Moon/Opus No. 1’, a 65 Feet Long Immersive Panoramic Portrait of Los Angeles that Calls up the Spirit of Robert Baker

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Exhibition illuminates the juxtaposition between the majestic beauty of LA and the reality of an urban jungle


“The size and form of this photograph provides me the platform to explore important cultural, social and historic conversations that are representative as well as relevant to us today all in a single image,” said Karchi Perlmann.

Venue: Gallery 825, 825 North La Cienega Boulevard, LA, CA 90069
Dates: September 9th – October 13th, 2017

“LA RHAPSODY – SUPER MOON/OPUS No. 1,” a new exhibition by LA-based, Hungarian fine-art photographer Karchi Perlmann runs for five weeks at the Los Angeles Art Association’s 825 Gallery from September 9th through October 13th, 2017. “LA RHAPSODY – SUPER MOON/OPUS No. 1” is a 270-degree panoramic cityscape of Los Angeles that was shot during a Super Moon in 2014.

“LA RHAPSODY – SUPER MOON/OPUS No. 1” is one of the largest, single photographic fine-art prints. Installed as one 65 ft. long and 5 ft. high, continuous, fine-art photograph, it’s accompanied by a narratively driven atmospheric sound installation that brings the urban texture for an immersive experience.

“LA RHAPSODY – SUPER MOON/OPUS No. 1” begs for careful consideration: where one initially sees majestic beauty, a closer look reveals people, events and storylines. The piece paints a romantic and breathtaking vision of the city at first as it is illuminated by the Super Moon, but the painstaking details in the photography unearth a remarkable narrative that is unexpected. The life size photograph constructs a world of which with Angelinos are all too familiar. A movie screening, people practicing yoga, a fire, an arrest, a Hollywood Bowl concert, a homeless encampment, provocative billboards, wildlife and much more.

The scrupulous details of the photograph chronicles the experience of living in Los Angeles, examining how the city manifests itself to its people largely determined by their social vantage point. LA’s astounding wealth makes for a city that is rich in culture, however, still divided along social class lines, fostering disparate experiences within its borders.

“The size and form of this photograph provides me the platform to explore important cultural, social and historic conversations that are representative as well as relevant to us today all in a single image,” said Karchi Perlmann. “I find it remarkable how a life size wrap-around panorama opens up my ‘canvas’ to address things like diversity, income inequality, and wildlife all in one event that we can taste and relate to no matter which side of the town we come from. This is what it must have felt like when the citizens of Edinburgh walked into Robert Baker’s panorama building in 1793.”

Perlmann dives into his medium to bring a new paradigm to photographic expression with “LA RHAPSODY – SUPER MOON/OPUS No. 1.” He pushes the medium to a place where reality, the sense of time and a composite of people’s lives fuse seamlessly. The photograph is undoubtedly rooted in the traditional methods, but he freely embraces the use of modern technology to create a world that resonates real, tangible and emotionally true.

“Karchi Perlmann’s expansive ambition and skill is perfectly captured in this piece which offers the ultimate visual documentation of Los Angeles,” said Peter Mays, executive director, Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825.

Perlmann continued, “As a fine-art photographer, my goal is always to create a world that captures the emotions, textures and attitudes of my environment – whether in an abstract or representative form. ‘LA RHAPSODY – SUPER MOON/OPUS No. 1’ is my portrait of LA. The colossal size serves as an opportunity to push the boundaries of fine art printing limitations as well as the notion of what to expect from a linear, representative photograph. It traverses conventions and dynamically redefines the visual language based upon the vantage point of the observer. The epic size of the image area also presents a cinema-like experience where the relationship and meaning of time is ambiguous and amorphous, posing a contradiction to the inherent nature of photography.”

About Karchi Perlmann
A long-time Angelino, Perlmann has been shooting commissioned and fine art work for more than 25 years. Life, nature, architecture and socio-political themes of Los Angeles have fueled his work during the last few years. “LA RHAPSODY – SUPER MOON/OPUS No. 1” is Perlmann’s 5th series exploring LA in its various forms.

Perlmann’s recent series of works – LA Monuments, Abstrx Nouveau and Together Discombobulated – are various cubist-abstract compositions rendered through in-camera, multiple-exposure technique, which is an evolution of his time-exposure-movement experiments. These pieces explore the concept of harmony within chaos bringing a fresh approach to urban and cityscape photography. For more info, visit

About the Los Angeles Art Association and Gallery 825
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Los Angeles Art Association’s mission is to provide opportunities, resources, services and exhibition venues for Los Angeles artists, with an emphasis on emerging talent. Founded in 1925, LAAA has launched the art careers of many celebrated artists and has played a central role in the formation of Los Angeles' arts community. Today, LAAA continues to play a central role in the Los Angeles arts community by providing our artist members and the public with exceptional exhibitions and programs, as well as a forum for exchange and education through lectures, workshops and networking opportunities. LAAA serves a broad cross section of artists of all mediums, career levels and socio-economic backgrounds, including those from low-income communities. Gallery 825 is the exhibition arm of the LAAA. For more info, visit

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