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March 8, 2014 | By John Penner
When Charles Bukowski died in San Pedro 20 years ago, the obituaries in the next day's papers typically began with some iteration of Time magazine's stock description of the writer as the "laureate of American lowlife. " In the decades since, the drinking, brawling, gambling, whoring cliche has become so entrenched and widely propagated it can be hard to see Bukowski's words for his shadow. The "Barfly" legend, sprouted from the self-mythology Bukowski cultivated in countless quasi-autobiographical works including his celebrated movie screenplay and fed by his real-life drunken bouts of abusiveness, has only grown posthumously.
November 7, 2010 | By Steffie Nelson, Special to the Los Angeles Times
For women, one of the fastest ways to get to know a new friend is to look through her closet. Sifting through the layers of silk, sequins, cotton and wool, one can learn about the new acquaintance's past, her obsessions, her quirks and the things shared in common. Los Angeles artist, photographer and fashion lover Jeana Sohn is inviting everyone to this intimate party, via a weekly feature on her blog. Though women posting photos of themselves and their outfits online has become ubiquitous in this Internet age, Closet Visit ups the ante, presenting elegant, at-home portraits of some of L.A.'s most creative, stylish women, such as handbag designer Clare Vivier and jeweler Kathryn Bentley, shot with their wardrobes.
September 17, 2011 | By Judi Dash, Special to the Los Angeles Times
How the tiny Sony NEX-C3 digital camera takes such sharp photos and high-def videos has everything to do with great lenses (which are interchangeable) and a big, super-sensitive sensor (great for low light) that's about the size you would get in most bulky SLRs. It measures 4.3-by-2.4-by-1.3-inches (without a lens), the camera comes with  an 18-55mm zoom lens or 16mm wide-angle lens and includes a snap-on flash. There's also an optional 18-200mm zoom lens. The screen can be tilted up or down for overhead or down-low shooting.  You also get Sony's Sweep Panorama mode: Sweep the camera in an arc, and it takes a slew of continuous pictures, then stitches them together to produce a 202-degree panoramic image.  The camera's pricey but you'll pocket plenty of change for the better.
March 18, 1986 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI, Times Staff Writer
Seeking entry into the interocular lens market, Allergan Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Monday that it intends to buy American Medical Optics, the nation's third largest interocular lens maker. Terms of the deal between the two Irvine-based companies were not disclosed. The sale requires the approval of federal regulators and the boards of directors of both companies' parent corporations.
April 18, 1985
The problem with President Reagan is not that he is insensitive, but that he viewed World War II through the lens of a camera--not the barrel of a gun. P. SIMMEL Culver City
May 25, 2010
'Independent Lens: A Village Called Versailles' Where: KCET When: 10 p.m. Tuesday Rating: TV-PG (may be unsuitable for young children)
October 30, 1992
Not content with doing perhaps mortal damage to academia, the workplace and racial relations, the multiculturalists (down with all things Anglo) now turn to family therapy. Intimate family relationships are also to be seen through the astigmatic lens of the self-appointed political activist. BRAD MORAINE Woodland Hills
September 24, 1988
Nina J. Easton's article on Don Johnson may best be described as a hatchet job ("From 'Vice' to 'Sweet Hearts,' " Sept. 21). As a cameraman, I recently had the pleasure of working with Don on the film "Dead Bang." He proved to be affable, considerate and constructive with the camera crew. As for Johnson's criticism of photographer Iris Schneider's lens choice and camera angles, having seen the photograph that accompanied Calendar's article, I can say that his concerns were well warranted!
December 10, 2009
The serene views of America that Ryan Bingham enjoys from his American Airlines seat at 15,000 feet in "Up in the Air" were pretty to look at but a chore to capture for aerial director of photography Dylan Goss. With a chartered plane, Goss made a weeklong cross-country flight to capture footage between L.A. and Chicago from a height not normally seen in Hollywood movies (most aerial photography is shot at 500 or 1,000 feet). For five hours a day, Goss was tucked in the back of the small Cessna Skymaster, bundled up in layers of clothing and wearing an oxygen mask when they flew above 10,000 feet.
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