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This weekend sees the launch of "Concentric Circles: Metro L.A. Revealed," a photography exhibit showcasing the work of location managers and scouts that also documents the art and life in and around Los Angeles' Metro stations.

The project is the latest from the Location Managers Guild of America, which partnered with the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. For the Metro Authority, the exhibit is a subtle way to let the production community know that the Metro is film-friendly. The LMGA, however, had a different goal.

"This was an opportunity to show scouting as an art form and not a function of our craft," LMGA president Kayla Thames-Berge said.

"Concentric Circles" is LMGA's follow-up to its acclaimed "Last Looks: The Ambassador Hotel" exhibit that ran in 2006 at City Hall. That exhibit was a community project featuring photos taken by high school students and location managers of the dearly departed hotel. The LMGA's goal is to create one of these projects every couple of years.

"We want to show the unique position that location managers and scouts hold in bridging the two worlds of film and community," Thames-Berge said. "This will be a consistent theme with all guild projects since we are the ambassadors, if you will, between productions to the communities in which we film."

The exhibit, curated by the Los Angeles Art Assn.'s Peter Mays, begins Saturday and runs through March 9 at the Beady Minces Gallery in Venice, Calif.
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