Looking at Los Angeles

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Loved, hated, revered, scorned, real, imagined: this is Los Angeles. Looking at Los Angeles is a fascinating journey into the center of the city's heart and soul. Pictured within its pages is a Los Angeles of powerful dreams and startling realities. Editors Marla Hamburg Kennedy and Ben Stiller have gathered pictorial representations of Los Angeles from the last three-quarters of a century, resulting in this selection of more than 200 stunning, beautifully reproduced color and duotone depictions of the city from ...
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Loved, hated, revered, scorned, real, imagined: this is Los Angeles. Looking at Los Angeles is a fascinating journey into the center of the city's heart and soul. Pictured within its pages is a Los Angeles of powerful dreams and startling realities. Editors Marla Hamburg Kennedy and Ben Stiller have gathered pictorial representations of Los Angeles from the last three-quarters of a century, resulting in this selection of more than 200 stunning, beautifully reproduced color and duotone depictions of the city from different eras and different points of view. Along with the carefully chosen images by approximately 100 photographers who have time again turned to Los Angeles for inspiration, a preface and foreword by the editors describe their great affection for the city, while David L. Ulin's essay offers a critical and loving look at Los Angeles. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Los Angeles Conservancy, and the organization provides an essay about the importance of saving this city's rich architectural heritage. Looking at Los Angeles is at once a lesson in history, architecture, style, and culture, and a remarkable visual and written tribute to one of America's greatest cities. Includes photographs by: Robert Adams, John Baldessari, William Claxton, Will Connell, Joe Deal, John Divola, William Eggleston, Sam Fentress, Anthony Friedkin, John Humble, Dennis Keeley, Florian Maier-Aichen, Grant Mudford, Karin A. Mueller, Catherine Opie, Ed Ruscha, Stephen Shore, Julius Schulman, Joel Sternfeld, Timothy Street-Porter, John Swope, Andy Warhol, Julian Wasser, Robert Weingarten, Garry Winogrand, Max Yavno and others.
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Christopher Knight
"..a smashing new book of photographs of arguably the most photogenic city in America...Looking at Los Angeles doesn't get mired in conventional stereotypes, but it smartly reconfigures our idea of 'lights, camera, action'."
Los Angeles Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933045047
  • Publisher: Metropolis Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 14.38 (w) x 11.46 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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John Baldessari was born in National City, California in 1931, and continues to live and work in Los Angeles, where he is currently a Professor of Art at UCLA. His first solo show was held in 1960 at the Art Center in La Jolla. One of the most important living American Conceptual artists, Baldessari is represented by Marian Goodman Gallery in New York. His art has been featured in more than 120 solo exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe and in over 300 group exhibitions. His projects include artist books, videos, films, billboards and public works. His work was the subject of a 2006-2007 exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Ed Ruscha was born in 1937 in Omaha, Nebraska and grew up in Oklahoma City. In 1956 he moved to Los Angeles, where he attended the Chouinard Art Institute. His work has been the subject of exhibits at the Centre George Pompidou, Paris, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

Acclaimed editorial and fashion photographer William Claxton is perhaps best known for his cool photographs of the LA and New York jazz scene beginning in the late 1940s. His publications include Jazz (1996), Claxography: The Art of Jazz Photography (1996), Young Chet (1999), and The Rudi Gernreich Book (1999).

Robert Adams was born in 1937, educated in California, and has worked as a photographer of the changing American landscape for the past three decades. His work is largely concerned with moments of regional transition, including the suburbanization of Denver and the changing face of Los Angeles in the 1970s and 80s. His many books include The New West, WhatWe Bought, Notes for Friends, and California. Adams has been awarded Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundation fellowships among many others.

William Eggleston was born in 1937 in Memphis, Tennessee. He took his first black-and-white photographs at age 18 and soon became serious about photography, though he never studied it formally. His first color work was shot in 1964 in color negative film, but in the late 60s he began to use color slides; it was some of those slides that he brought with him to New York in 1967, when he met Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, and John Szarkowski. It was Szarkowski who curated Eggleston's landmark 1976 solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York—a breakthrough in the perception of color photography as a serious form of fine art. The recipient of the 1998 Hasselblad Award, Eggleston's work was most recently seen in Documenta11 and in a major retrospective at the Fondation Cartier in Paris.

Catherine Opie has been the subject of one-person shows at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the St. Louis Art Museum. Her work is in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, among many others. She teaches photography at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Joel Sternfeld was born in New York City in 1944. His photographs have been extensively exhibited, notably in Three Americans at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1984, and more recently in Stranger Passing at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and On This Site at The Art Institute of Chicago. Sternfeld's published work includes Walking the High Line, a series of photographs of the abandoned elevated railway in Manhattan's Chelsea district, and Treading on Kings, photographs of protesters at the G8 summit in Genoa, Italy.

Robert Weingarten was born in 1941 and raised in New York City. In recent years, his photographs have been exhibited widely and included in numerous private and public collections, including the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Weingarten is the director of the Aperture Foundation (West) and has served as vice chairman of the National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts and as a member of the Banking and Monetary Policy Committee. He is the director the Colburn School of Performing Arts and chairman of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association and the Hollywood Bowl. He has lived in Los Angeles since the 1980s.

Garry Winogrand was born in 1928 and raised in the Bronx. After high school and two years in the army, he briefly studied painting at Columbia University until a friend showed him the darkroom in the basement of the schoolis architecture building. iI never looked back,i he later said. For some years he worked as a freelance photojournalist and in advertising; by the 1960s his distinctive themes and style had begun to emerge. The Museum of Modern Art first substantially showed his work in 1963, and later held two one-man exhibitions, The Animals, in 1969, and Public Relations, in 1976. Winogrand received three Guggenheim fellowships for special photographic projects. He taught at Chicagois Institute of Design and then for five years at the University of Texas in Austin. In 1978 he moved to Los Angeles, where he took pictures incessantly. Although Winogrand was an articulate and conscientious teacher, he resisted talking about his own photography. iThe artist is irrelevant once the work exists,i he said. iAll there is is the pictures.i Winogrand died in 1984.

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