When Mother Jones crowned Eric Garcetti the “Mayor of Instagram” last December, he had nearly 12,000 followers—respectable for any politician. In the nine months since, his feed has accumulated an additional 68,0000 devotees, which kicks him into the realm amateur models and moderately successful fashion bloggers (a sphere we mere mortals can only dream of). His success may be due to the fact that he’s something of a photography hobbyist. Unlike those of us who are reduced to a puddle of indecisiveness with every Insta-software update—the advent of new filters tacks on at least 20 additional minutes of editing time—a quick skim of Garcetti’s feed reveals that he might actually know the difference between warmth and saturation, between vignette and tilt shift (possibly thanks to his father, professional photographer and former DA Gil Garcetti).
Beginning this Saturday, September 19, the mayor’s Instas will be getting their own show at Take My Picture gallery in downtown Los Angeles. Gallery owner Gary Leonard will host the #Mayor_Of_Instagram exhibition, which will put 100 of Garcetti’s photos (selected by the man himself) on display through October 31. This weekend’s opening night will also double as a fundraiser that the mayor is scheduled to attend: from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., several of the images will be up for sale. Proceeds will benefit the Los Angeles Public Library’s Photo Friends and Homeless Health Care Los Angeles. If you can’t afford to buy anything, at least try to get a selfie with Instagram’s reigning politico.
The #MAYOR_OF_INSTAGRAM fundraising event is on September 19 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Take My Picture, 109 West 9th Street. The exhibition will be on view through October 31.
Above Lake Hollywood A photo posted by Eric Garcetti (@ericgarcetti) on