CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 |
The U.S. Postal Service wanted to honor slain President John F. Kennedy, but first it needed Jackie Kennedy's stamp of approval. That's how a Los Angeles Times photo came to be chosen for the first commemorative postage stamp honoring the fallen president following his Nov. 22, 1963, assassination in Dallas. The 5-cent stamp issued on May 29, 1964, was based on a photo of then-Sen. Kennedy during a visit to the Santa Monica beachfront home of his brother-in-law, actor Peter Lawford, by Times staff photographer William S. Murphy.
November 19, 2013 |
A critical mass of artists emerging in the '70s whose work responded to image saturation in the media and everyday life -- among them Cindy Sherman, Sherrie Levine and Richard Prince -- came to be known as the Pictures Generation. It could be argued that, thanks to the kudzu-like claims of the World Wide Web, every generation of artists since then, by default if not by conscious embrace, has been a pictures generation. The designation is a natural fit for Matt Lipps, whose show, "Library," at Marc Selwyn, addresses head-on the centrality of photographic imagery to our collective history and memory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 2013 |
At least three photographers pursued Kim Kardashian at 80 to 85 mph on the 101 Freeway on Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol said Wednesday, but their behavior “did not rise to the level of reckless driving needed for charges under the state's paparazzi law.” Authorities cited Kardashian for speeding. Photographer Juliano A. Goncalves was also cited for speeding and making a non-emergency stop on the freeway. After a CHP officer pulled the reality star over Tuesday in her black Rolls-Royce, the photographer pulled in front of her car and got out of his vehicle to snap photos, said CHP Officer Leland Tang.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2013
Clarence 'Ace' Parker Oldest living Football Hall of Fame member Clarence "Ace" Parker, 101, a star of New York City football in the 1940s who was the oldest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died Wednesday, the Canton, Ohio-based Hall of Fame announced. He had been hospitalized with a pulmonary condition since late last month, the Virginian-Pilot newspaper reported. Born May 17, 1912, in Portsmouth, Va., Parker was an all-around athlete who played football, basketball and baseball at Duke University, earning All-America honors as a tailback in football.
November 3, 2013 |
Last October, as Hurricane Sandy was approaching the Eastern Seaboard, photographer Benjamin Lowy, on assignment for Time magazine, ventured out to Coney Island to capture the swells coming in from the surge. A man had waded into the crashing waves, almost as if on a dare. Lowy, who's been embedded in Iraq, Libya and Afghanistan, didn't hesitate to charge into the stormy waters to get closer. Bringing an unwieldy DSLR (digital single-lens reflex camera) into the ocean was out of the question, so he grabbed his iPhone and got the shot.
October 31, 2013 |
Are photographers vandals? Does the mere presence of a camera at an ordinary place or extraordinary event inevitably damage the experience of it, as vandalism does? Is photography a powerful creative tool for the willful destruction of established art, all in the service of making new possibilities and unexpected ways of seeing? These questions, provocative and surprising, began to be posed in 1974 by artist John Divola, then 25 and just out of school. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, an area whose wholesale transformation from rural to suburban shifted into overdrive after World War II, during his youth, Divola studied first at Cal State Northridge and then UCLA.
HOME & GARDEN
October 30, 2013 |
They found the home listing in the PennySaver, of all places. Todd Porter and Diane Cu barely glanced at the interior of the run-down three-bedroom, two-bathroom house when they arrived for a walk-through, and instead they headed straight to the sprawling backyard overgrown with brush and suffocated by a giant pine. "We looked at each other and said, 'This is it,'" Porter recalled. PHOTO GALLERY: Inside the "Bountiful" garden The Costa Mesa backyard wasn't neat or squared off like Southern California yards are supposed to be. Instead, the 11,000-square-foot lot was a jagged, oddly shaped U. It was perfect for the couple's plans: To carve out a quiet oasis where they could live a garden-to-plate lifestyle.
October 26, 2013 |
Slide shows of amateur photography aren't usually premiered at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood, but when you're a Beatle, rules are often bent. "That's one of me!" said Ringo Starr excitedly when he saw his face on the big screen Wednesday. "I like that one!" Starr, 73, was kicking off a day of media interviews pegged to the publication of his visual autobiography, "Photograph," and his forthcoming All-Starr Band tour of South America and Mexico. He offered up dozens of photos of, or by, himself and the three bandmates he refers to as "the lads" - John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.
October 10, 2013 |
Written with a poet's ear and directed with an artist's eye, "Forgetting the Girl" plumbs the psyche of an unassuming studio photographer, Kevin Wolfe (Christopher Denham). Traumatized by his sister's drowning when they were kids, he compensates by asking out the women who come to him for head shots. He's looking for a "real girl," not the porn stars whose photos his landlord lusts over - the salacious content of which isn't shown on-screen but, in a masterful touch by director Nate Taylor, revealed by viewers' reactions to them.
October 3, 2013 |
Eleven men, sun-dried and weary but relaxed as peacocks, roost on a steel beam seemingly miles above Manhattan. Captured in the 1932 photo "Lunch Atop a Skyscraper," they evoke masculine bravery and foolhardiness, the Babel-esque ambitions and lax work regulations of a bygone era, and the hazards of attaining the American dream. Director Seán Ó Cualáin's PBS-like documentary "Men at Lunch" strays far from the glamour and slickness associated with 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the building those ironworkers helped construct.