LA Art Book Fair 2017

Events that combine books and art always get my attention. I love both and write about them often on this blog. So it should come as no surprise that I’m really excited about the 2017 installment of the LA Art Book Fair (LAABF17). The LA based event and its counterpart, the NY Art Book Fair, showcase […]

Celebrate Los Angeles Through Photography

There are many ways to understand Los Angeles. One of my favorites is through photographs, which capture moments in time that tell stories about the built and natural environment and the people who make the city their home. For decades, the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) has collected millions of such images that date from […]

What was Los Angeles Like in 1962? National Geographic Tells One Side of the Story

Last year a friend of mine mailed me an issue of National Geographic from October 1962. Like more recent issues of the magazine, this one included a wide range of stories, from a piece profiling “Western Samoa: The Pacific’s Newest Nation” to another about sending “Robots to the Moon.” But the main attraction for me, […]

Renato D’Agostin Photographs Los Angeles and Mines the City’s Collective Memory

There are different ways to represent, and share one’s impressions of, a place. Photographers use light to define their subject as they see it, while writers use words to describe, explain and tell stories about particular settings. In a recently published book called Archaeologies: LA, Italian photographer Renato D’Agostin and CalArts urban historian Norman Klein […]

KCRW and the Annenberg Foundation Announce SOUND IN FOCUS

Summer in Los Angeles always presents me with a quandary. What to do on any given weekend given the vast number of options that I can choose from? While I often decide on the spur of the moment, basing my choice on friends’ availability, my previous commitments and how I happen to feel that particular day, […]

Ed Ruscha Muses on “Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles”

Los Angeles is arguably one of the most photographed cities in the world. So one might wonder why we need another book filled with images of our city. Artist Ed Ruscha provides the answer for one particular new collection of LA images titled Both Sides of Sunset: Photographing Los Angeles (Metropolis Books, 2015), edited by […]

Exploring Los Angeles Through Photographs

  There are many ways to experience a city like Los Angeles. You can walk its streets and neighborhoods (my personal favorite mode of exploration), hop on a bus or train, bike the city’s streets, drive around in a car, read about it, and / or talk to people who live there. While each of […]