"Los Angeles, California. The evacuation of the Japanese-Americans from West Coast areas under U.S. Army war emergency order. Waiting with their luggage at the old Santa Fe station for a train to take them to Owens Valley" I Russell Lee (1942)
Photogrammar is an online archive from Yale University with 170,000 photographs from the Farm Security Adminstration / Office of War Information. "Approximately 88,000 were printed and placed in the filing cabinets of the FSA-OWI. 77,000 photographs were printed by Stryker’s division and 11,000 prints collected from other sources. Paul Vanderbilt joined the FSA-OWI in 1942 and created a new organizing system for the collection." Check out whatever region you want, state by state or county by county. The top photo comes from a large set showing Japanese-Americans from Southern California gathering at the Santa Fe station. Below, Dorothea Lange in El Monte.
"El Monte federal subsistence homesteads. One hundred homes, all occupied, each with three quarters of an acre land. Average family income, eight hundred dollars per annum" I Photographer Dorothea Lange (1936)
CHOW-CAM: As LAPD Commander, Blake Chow gets interesting angles of the city. Good thing he's a bit of a shutter bug. Chow nabbed this view this a "few weeks ago," keeping the Tactical Flight Officer in the frame on purpose. Behind the Roland Emmerich-like POV action shot of City Hall is Broadway at First, and Grand Park.
The Music Center Fountain lit for the holiday, as captured by Sterling Davis, who tweets "Seasons Greetings."
As all Angelenos know, The Music Center is home to the Holiday Celebration, and this is the 54th year of regional performances on the stages of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on Christmas Eve. I attended rehearsals in previous years and saw choirs and dancers get focused as they prep for the big night. The adults were just as giddy.
I wrote in 2009: "The event began in 1960 as "The Christmas Program," taking place at the Sports Arena in Exposition Park. It moved to the Music Center when the facility opened in 1964. In fact,County Supervisor Kenneth Hahn, who represented the 2nd District from 1952 to 1992, led fundraising for the facility only on the condition that it be open to the public, for free, at least one day each year."
A lesson from the storm was also about the use of consumer technology for photojournalism, a moment that has
us reconsider the role of cellphone photographer.
And it supplied its own metaphor.
It was photojournalist Benjamin
image of Hurricane Sandy that was featured on the cover of Time magazine, making it the first image from a phone equipped with a camera to be
shown on the cover of a major publication.
That became a major
benchmark in photojournalism and is the topic of "iPhonography:
Innovation in Documentary Storytelling" with
Lowy at the Annenberg Space for Photography on Thursday, April 18, 2013 at
Then 33, Lowy was one
of five photographers dispatched by Time to capture the
storm with an iPhone and Instagram as an experiment, said Kira Pollack, Time’s director of
photography, soon after the cover was published.
Early cellphone photography documented
trivia moments, barely qualifying as aural-textual-visual. The cover move cell phone photography from
being a consumer gadget to a storytelling device. Lowy is one of the
professionals who have used the technology seriously, especially when the urgency of incoming waves are part of the story.
Among the ruckus that is Downtown Art Walk, Joe's Auto Park on the corner of 2nd and Spring became the Los Angeles Time's Pop-Up Gallery "Framework,” an event that joined the one-day-only street performers, craft tables, and temporary gallery space.
In recent years, the viability of Art Walk has come into question after reports of overcrowding, permit issues, and general lack of sales for regularly operating galleries. The LATimes exhibition, its second annual show, featured the paper's visual journalism department and was a needed addition to the night’s art scene.
The New Yorker visits the studio of Bruce Davidson, the Magnum photographer working on a current series for the magazine “Nature of Los Angeles.”
“It is what trees see and what they can tell us about the way we live today,” he explains. “Los Angeles is often perceived as a place of endless freeways and the grids of busy streets, but it is also a place of exotic and even erotic plant life that thrives in an unlikely habitat. In this quest, I am searching for the confluence of man and nature that interact and struggle to live together in the bright sunshine that is abundant in the city of angels.”
Besides being hypnotized by baked palm trees and the view from behind The Hollywood Sign, Davidson's quiet black-and-white stills contrast nature against concrete. A long shot of a crowded beach with a lone sail boat in the ocean is "the flag of Los Angeles," he said.
Bruce Davidson And The Trees of Los Angeles in The New Yorker[view]
Olympic Boulevard Viaduct by Ed Fuentes, taken during an Urban Photo Adventures tour April 2009.
The Los Angeles River is easily a favorite photo-op for professional and amateurs, and a major stop for the Urban Photo Adventure tour as led by former location scouts Mark Indig and Ken Habe. Also helping organize the safari is Maria Lopez. Their recent L.A. River Tour is profiled at KPCC with video.
The day-long tours begin in the lush, woodsy part of the river near Altadena, where it looks more like the idyllic waterway it once was. Traveling by bus, the tour usually ends downtown, where Indig and Haber show visitors the unique sights along the river’s cement-paved, grittier portion. The tour travels through diverse neighborhoods, running into the occasional transient or tagger. For many of the attendees, being part of a group provided a feeling of safety when visiting parts of the city they wouldn’t normally venture to on their own.
"Solar Eagle Taking Flight" in Downtown Los Angeles: Photo by John Quigley / Spectral Q. (11.21.10)
'NOT AN EAGLE' SEEN IN 'NOT A CORNFIELD': This eagle flying toward the city is made of 1,000 volunteers with solar photovoltaic film sheets, a collaboration between Spectral Q and 350.org. It was created Sunday afternoon at Los Angeles Historic State Park, one in a series of installations taking place around the world until November 27. During the week, the global climate art projects will be photographed from a satellite and presented at the United Nations Climate Talks being held in Mexico in early December.
THE PRO: Photographer Martin Schall enjoyed a tour of non-downtown locations courtesy of LAO's Kevin Roderick. It opened a whole new world to, Martin, the honorary Angeleno:
"First we drove up Sawtelle Avenue — he didn't know the Japanese district, or know of Sawtelle's past
as a city of saloons and gambling halls. Good start. It got better when
we took him into the VA reservation astride Wilshire Boulevard. Martin
jumped out to take pictures of the National Register of Historic Places
chapel, the oldest surviving building on Wilshire and occupied by
separate Catholic and Protestant chapels, but sadly looking more
decrepit than ever. He was delighted to grab shots of other VA
buildings, since he hadn't known it was OK to just drive in and explore
the federal grounds.
THE CON: Not so fortunate was Discarted, a blogger / photographer cuffed by Los Angeles County Sheriffs.
On October 31, 2009 while on my way home from the Hollywood and
Highland area, I was unlawfully detained for 25 minutes by LASD
Officers Richard Gylfie #2955 and Bayes #456 for taking two photographs
of the turnstiles located at the Hollywood and Western Metro Station —
an act that is completely legal and occurred in public space.
His video is bound to be viral, yes, he had a camera rolling. More POV by David Markland.
It was with a surprise to discover viewfromaloft is now assigned reading for a few University syallbi concentrating on Latino arts. I may have to backtrack and make sure every post about Chicano art is properly tagged (so to speak).
As it happens, I took some time over the weekend to shoot a few murals in Boyle Heights and see how the restored 1991 mural "Resurrection of the Green Planet" is holding up.
There was another reason to take fresh shots of the Ernesto de la Loza piece, located on César E. Chávez Avenue and Breed Street. The main image of the healer had a familiarity when I first saw it years ago. Now I see why. It is from photographer Graciela Iturbide's 1988 "Curacíon, Juchitán, Oaxaca."
Of course, it's Shepard Fairey's current ongoing battle with AP that has shown photography has its own copyright protection.