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June 24, 2009 | David Zucchino
Habibullah owns the last box camera still standing on Kabul's Char-e-Sadart Street. It's a classic: a battered, brightly painted box with a dusty lens at one end and a crude darkroom inside. As recently as a year ago, Habibullah, 42, who uses one name, was one of hundreds of professional photographers who plied their trade with handmade box cameras, sort of slow-motion Polaroids using late 19th century technology.
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
June 8, 1986 | SUNNY GIBBS
The ability to look at the ordinary with extraordinary perception--dramatic composition, ex ceptional lighting and instinctive timing--was the key to success for 15 winners in The Times' 13th annual photography contest. GRAND PRIZE JIM BUCHANAN North Hollywood Right: Buchanan took this shot of beach cottages in Oceanside in late winter. He used Kodachrome 64 in a Canon FTB with an 85mm lens; the exposure was f2.8 for 1/60th of a second.
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