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Prosecutors on Tuesday displayed a series of graphic autopsy photos for jurors in the murder trial of Lyle and Erik Menendez that appeared to reduce the brothers to tears. The color pictures show that their father, Jose Menendez, was hit six times and their mother, Kitty Menendez, 10 times with shotgun blasts. Jose Menendez suffered a fatal shot to the back of his head, a coroner's deputy testified as prosecutors posted a picture of the wound.
April 14, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
California authorities investigating last week's deadly collision of a FedEx truck and a tour bus filled with high school students are asking for the public's help in piecing together how the crash occurred. The California Highway Patrol is seeking videos and photos of the fiery crash on Interstate 5 in Orland, as well as witnesses and information related to the collision, the department said in a statement. A FedEx freight truck crossed a median about 5:30 p.m. Thursday and slammed head-on into a charter bus carrying 48 people, including 44 Southern California high school students headed for an orientation program at Humboldt State University.
A decade ago, many people considered Jack Bailey the best of men. He was praised as a humanitarian who had aided thousands of Southeast Asian refugees, hailed as a hero who had given desperate people a chance to live. One missionary called him "the most genuinely compassionate man I ever met." Then that Jack Bailey seemed to all but vanish, sinking into the murky realm where Americans haunted by Vietnam try to raise the dead--the presumed dead, that is.
April 12, 2014 | Esmeralda Bermudez
They came as they were - in sandals, without makeup, their hair a bit askew. A little girl with her plastic doll. A mother of one with her pregnant belly. A cowboy with wild horses galloping on his shirt. It was picture day on the Eastside not long ago, and people - grandmothers, couples, children and teenagers - lined up to pose. The shoots were spontaneous, set up on the street without notice, as part of a 40th-anniversary project organized by Self Help Graphics & Art, Boyle Height's historic community art center.
December 21, 1998 | GREG MILLER
Television actress Alyssa Milano recently won several legal skirmishes in her crusade to stop Internet sites from posting nude pictures of her. Two operators of nude celebrity Web sites have agreed to remove the pictures of Milano and settle suits she filed against them, according to Milano's attorney, Mitchell Kamarck. He declined to specify how much money the sites agreed to pay except to say that the total is "in the five figures."
October 24, 2011
Where: Fahey/Klein Gallery, 148 N. La Brea Ave., L.A. When: Through Nov. 26 Info:
September 9, 2013 | By David Ng
A group of 74 photographs by the late Richard Avedon has been donated to the Israel Museum in Jerusalem as part of a joint gift from Leonard Lauder, the Richard Avedon Foundation and art dealer Larry Gagosian. The donation includes portraits of notable personalities as well as a 20-by-8 foot photographic mural of Allen Ginsberg's family.  Lauder initiated the gift and brought on board the foundation and Gagosian, who represents the collection, according to the museum. "We believe that Richard Avedon, who was so proud of his Jewish identity, would be very happy to see this important body of work exhibited in Jerusalem," said James Martin, executive director of the Richard Avedon Foundation, in a statement.
April 4, 2013 | By Sharon Mizota
Over the past 40 years, photographer Connie Samaras has journeyed to some of the most extreme architectural sites in the world: a scientific outpost in Antarctica, the first private spaceport in the New Mexico desert, the artificial ski slopes and oases of Dubai, and ground zero in the first few days after 9/11.  Always clear-eyed and rigorously composed, her images document spaces where collective imaginings become reality. As such, they attest to the human will (or hubris) to remake the world in the image of our fantasies, whether they are daydreams or nightmares.
February 13, 2014 | By Leah Ollman
Ron Jude's "Lick Creek Line" is an essay in the less common sense of the term: an attempt, or effort. It doesn't build an argument or deliver much in the way of information to do so, but instead issues impressions, propositions toward a loose understanding of its ostensible subject, a fur-trapper in rural Idaho. The constellations of color photographs accumulate a kind of emotional heft, though more so in book form, as originally conceived, than on the wall, as at Gallery Luisotti, where the project is too abbreviated to grab hold.
May 31, 2012 | By Holly Myers
German artist Annette Kelm is known for making neatly arranged, blankly lighted photographs of common, if often quirky objects: flowers, buildings, textiles, hats, automobiles, clocks and the occasional human being. Technically speaking, the works in her show at Marc Foxx fall in the same objective vein: each depicts a handful of iron shavings scattered across a flat surface. The effect, however, is to nudge the photographs in the direction of calligraphic ink drawings. Indeed, you have to examine the works quite closely to realize that they are photographs at all. They're intriguing, if not especially satisfying pictures.
April 11, 2014 | By Leah Ollman
Born in Berlin in 1938, Ursula Schulz-Dornburg is a contemporary of Bernd and Hilla Becher and shoots with the same typological clarity, focusing on a single architectural form and cataloging its variants. Each of the bus shelters in her photographs at Luisotti occupies the center of its frame with declarative plainness. The directness of this approach evolved out of New Objectivity photography of the 1920s and '30s (Renger-Patzsch, Blossfeldt) and into New Topographics of the '70s onward.
April 4, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan police officer turned his weapon on two Western journalists Friday, killing one and wounding the other inside a security forces compound in eastern Afghanistan on the eve of the country's closely watched presidential election. Anja Niedringhaus, 48, a German and a veteran photographer for Associated Press, was killed instantly, and AP correspondent Kathy Gannon was shot three times, sustaining wrist and shoulder wounds, the news agency said. Gannon, 60, a Canadian who has covered Afghanistan for nearly three decades, was evacuated to the U.S. military base at Bagram and was reported to be in stable condition.
March 31, 2014 | By Scott Gold
Community activists pledged Monday to continue fighting the construction of an immigrant processing center on the Central Coast, despite a bitterly contested vote in which a local city council advanced the project in the face of fervent public opposition. "The fight is not over," said Hazel Davalos, head of the Santa Maria chapter of Coastal Alliance United for a Sustainable Economy, an organization that helps working families in the region. The federal government wants to replace an aging, dilapidated facility in Lompoc - a smattering of trailers that were installed on the grounds of a prison to process immigration cases.
March 27, 2014 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Forget the tree that fell in the forest with no one around to hear it. What if someone took more than 100,000 photographs over decades of shooting and absolutely no one was around to see them? And what if they turned out to be really, really good? That in a nutshell is the stranger-than-fiction tale behind the gripping documentary "Finding Vivian Maier," a film that asks a pair of equally involving questions: Exactly who was this hidden master and how did her work and her life finally come to light?
March 20, 2014 | By Leah Ollman
The photographs of Yamamoto Masao are expansive to the mind, even as they are utterly reductive to the eye. They are straightforward, even taxonomic in their informational clarity, and yet they leave room for interpretation. Their subjects derive from geology and botany, but they easily dialogue with spirituality and poetry. In his newest work, "Shizuka=Cleanse," at Craig Krull, Yamamoto photographs stones and tree branches as isolated, sculptural forms against dark, indeterminate grounds.
March 13, 2014 | By David A. Keeps
In "Behind Closed Doors: The Private Homes of 25 of the World's Most Creative People" (Hardie Grant, $29.95), London-based journalist Rob Meyers has assembled the interior-design version of those stars-without-their-makeup slide shows that never fail to fascinate. The book revolves around a simple premise: Meyers sent disposable cameras to dozens of celebrities, designers and fellow journalists with one simple instruction: Whatever else you photograph, you must shoot the inside of your icebox.
March 21, 2013 | By Leah Ollman
Kelly Barrie's show at Marine Contemporary starts in the parking lot with a 10-foot fiberglass skate ramp, a steep comma that mimics the curve and rise of a swimming pool. Barrie built the portable ramp (which appears to be getting some use) as a homage to a humble icon of skate culture from the late '70s. His re-creation evokes a cultural moment but not much more, and the studies for it are only tangentially interesting. The show lifts off thanks to a second group of images based on another functional/sculptural form attractive to skaters: the huge concrete pipes of the Central Arizona Project, a massive water-delivery system.
April 27, 2012 | By Leah Ollman
Alex Prager's recent work at M+B has the proper look to be taken seriously these days. The photographs, in vivid color, are large, self-consciously contrived and assertively cinematic. They are displayed in groupings, mostly pairs. In each set, one big picture depicts a staged accident or disaster of some sort -- a burning or flooded house, a woman caught in power lines, a man hurt in a car crash. The smaller image, hung alongside, tightly frames a single eye, usually a woman's, elegantly made-up, theatrically lighted and generally impassive.
March 13, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - The pistol, cocked and ready to fire, lay on a mat on the bloodied bathroom floor in the home of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius, just where he left it after shooting his girlfriend to death, according to police. In an eerie virtual tour of the Pistorius house Thursday, seen via crime scene photos taken just after her body was removed, Pretoria's high court followed the trail of blood leading up the marble staircase and inexorably into the bathroom where Reeva Steenkamp was killed.
February 28, 2014 | By Louis Sahagun
Armed with a Leica M9 and a tripod, Osceola Refetoff searched the wide-open spaces of the California desert to document images of bleak landscapes that can be seen only through the windows of abandoned homes. “I set out to photograph the melancholy of decay and transience of human endeavor,” Refetoff, a freelance photographer and location scout, said in an interview. “Through it all, I tried to imagine who lived in these places, and capture the views these dreamers and broken spirits considered while looking out these windows.” The payoff is in the images by Refetoff assembled for an exhibition titled "High and Dry: Dispatches from the Land of Little Rain," scheduled to open March 22 at the Los Angeles Art Assn./Gallery 825. Refetoff generally used a single, medium-wide lens to achieve a consistent, neutral perspective.
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