March 21, 2013 |
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.
October 22, 2012 |
Chris McCaw's stunning photographs start with a small act of defiance: shooting directly into the sun, a basic no-no. Other deviations follow, but the work never strays from its grounding in awe and reverence. The pictures pay homage to photography's essential nature as a record written by light, and they chronicle, with profound beauty and elemental simplicity, what it means to occupy a specific place on earth at a specific time. McCaw's third show at Duncan Miller extends the "Sunburn" series he launched, by accident, nearly a decade ago when an overnight exposure burned a hole through his negative.
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September 2, 1997
Santa Monica College will inaugurate a show on the Holocaust Sept. 8 with a display of about 40 photographs by Alfred Benjamin. Benjamin, 81, of Santa Monica, was nearly killed for photographing the Nazi destruction of a Jewish synagogue in Hamburg. "I was interrogated by the Gestapo and told to get out of Germany within 24 hours. I left 16 hours later," he said. He moved to England and then to Santa Monica, where he teaches photography. The show, which runs through Oct.
November 5, 1991 |
No charges will be filed against Laguna Beach photographer Marilyn Lennon over photographs she took of a partially nude 12-year-old girl at a professional workshop in Santa Fe, N.M. "There's not going to be a criminal prosecution," said Caroline Bass, an assistant district attorney in Santa Fe. Bass said she made the determination after reviewing a file prepared by investigators with the Santa Fe Police Department.
February 17, 1997 |
Spread across Joe Nolte's desk are photos of scenes that never took place. An old man in South America (long dead) stands next to a grandson he's never met. In another photo, a Los Angeles woman (not an actress) in a negligee sits in Scarlett O'Hara's bed from "Gone With the Wind" and stares into Clark Gable's eyes. A third photo depicts an old man in a bomber jacket hugging a younger man (actually the old man, 50 years earlier).
March 25, 2005 |
A student who photographed his principal smoking outside a school building was allowed to return to class after initially being suspended for posting the photos on the Internet. School district officials reversed the suspension of sophomore Eliazar Velasquez and said Principal Elaine Almagno was wrong to violate a state law that prohibited smoking within 25 feet of a school building.
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September 23, 2002 |
Stalking past a farmhouse near Ojai, Ron Fischer spies his quarry through a row of orange trees. A few paces to the left, a near tumble into a mudhole, a quick recovery, a steely eyed gaze through a viewfinder at the broad side of a barn--and bam! No. 107 is officially bagged. "That's some gorgeous building," Fischer says in a booming, nice-to-meet-you, Midwestern voice. "Turn of the century, probably."
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November 5, 1996 |
Cal State Northridge officials have taken up the task of cataloging several hundred thousand photographs taken by African American photographer Harry Adams in an effort to preserve this pictorial history of Los Angeles. The university will exhibit Adams' work at the California Afro-American Museum in March. At a brunch Saturday, dozens of his friends, family members and former colleagues will view some of the photographs in an attempt to identify the subjects.
July 30, 2001 |
Hospital patients often face a dizzying array of doctors who parade through their rooms, ranging from medical students, interns and residents to attending physicians on the hospital staff. It's tough to figure out who everyone is without a scorecard, much less form a personal bond based on brief encounters. Yet a trusting, personal relationship between doctors and their patients strongly influences how satisfied people are with their care.