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April 22, 2011 | By Robert Faturechi, Los Angeles Times
The process was routine. L.A. County Sheriff's homicide investigator Kevin Lloyd was flipping through snapshots of tattooed gang members. Then one caught his attention. Inked on the pudgy chest of a young Pico Rivera gangster who had been picked up and released on a minor offense was the scene of a 2004 liquor store slaying that had stumped Lloyd for more than four years. Each key detail was right there: the Christmas lights that lined the roof of the liquor store where 23-year-old John Juarez was gunned down, the direction his body fell, the bowed street lamp across the way and the street sign — all under the chilling banner of RIVERA KILLS, a reference to the gang Rivera-13.
April 27, 2014
Re “The face of war,” April 24, and “Georgia gun bill signed,” April 24 Whew! I was so relieved to read that the young boy posing with the Kalashnikov rifle was from Syria. My first impression was that he hailed from the state of Georgia and was legally headed to a public place like a bar, church or government building. I reasoned he's much too young. But then I thought, well, we're shocked by the U.S. gun culture's seeming acceptance of guns in schools, so I surmised that it'll only be a matter of time before a caption under the picture of a boy like the one from Syria will read “The face of America.” Rick Conrad Oxnard As I stared at the photo on the front page of The Times of a young boy holding a rifle and an ice cream cone, I had only one thought: shame on us. If we're stupid enough to kill one another over religion, land or any other concocted reason, the least we could do is keep the children safe from harm.
May 5, 2012 | By Ken Bensinger, Los Angeles Times
There are frequent fliers, and then there are people like Steven Rothstein and Jacques Vroom. Both men bought tickets that gave them unlimited first-class travel for life on American Airlines. It was almost like owning a fleet of private jets. Passes in hand, Rothstein and Vroom flew for business. They flew for pleasure. They flew just because they liked being on planes. They bypassed long lines, booked backup itineraries in case the weather turned, and never worried about cancellation fees.
April 26, 2014 | By Craig Nakano
To Julien Frydman, a new exhibition of decades-old Los Angeles Police Department crime scene photos is not so much a collection of facts in black and white but rather one big ambiguous storm of gray, a trove of stories where truth isn't a neat circle but rather a shape-shifting cloud open to interpretation. Co-curated by Frydman with Robin Blackman and Merrick Morton of L.A.-based fototeka, "Unedited! The LAPD Photo Archives" includes more than 80 forensic images taken from the 1920s to 1960s, culled from more than 1 million pictures archived at the City Records Center downtown.
March 10, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
A study on how people use social networking websites such as Facebook confirms what many of us suspected. Women who post loads of photos of themselves on their sites are conveying some strong personal characteristics, according to new research. These women are more likely to base their self-worth on appearance and use social networking to compete for attention. The study involved 311 men and women with an average age of 23. In order to better understand aspects of social networking behavior, the researchers looked at the amount of time subjects spent managing profiles, the number of photos they shared, the size of their online networks and how promiscuous they were in terms of “friending” behavior.
July 24, 2012 | By Claire Noland
Sherman Hemsley, a comic actor who vaulted from a supporting role on Norman Lear's groundbreaking 1970s sitcom "All in the Family" to a lead role as George in the spinoff “The Jeffersons,” was found dead Tuesday in El Paso. He was 74. The death was confirmed by the El Paso Sheriff's Department, his agent, Todd Frank, told The Times. As George Jefferson, Hemsley bantered with his white neighbors Archie and Edith Bunker in Queens on "All in the Family. " On "The Jeffersons," Hemsley showed sparkling chemistry with Isabel Sanford, who played his wife, Louise, as the African American family began “movin' on up to the East Side" of Manhattan.
August 6, 2012 | By Dan Glass
NEW YORK - A tiny apartment in a run-down industrial neighborhood in Brooklyn is not where you'd expect to be looking at original color negatives of Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, Audrey Hepburn, Catherine Deneuve, Julie Newmar and Sophia Loren - especially using a bare light bulb and sheet of typing paper as a light box. But that is what happened on a recent night, when the iconic commercial and celebrity photographer Bert Stern - perhaps known...
December 25, 2011 | By Scott J. Wilson, Los Angeles Times
Capturing the special moments in photos is a holiday tradition. But will those pictures be around to treasure in decades to come? In today's digital world, photos pile up chaotically on hard drives, often with no backup. Here are some options for saving copies of your pictures for future generations. • External hard drive: These sell for $70 to $200 and typically connect to your computer's USB drive. They're a reliable way of backing up large numbers of photos and other data.
November 20, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Facebook wants to make it easier and quicker for you to upload photos taken with your smartphone or tablet, and it's now testing a feature that may just do that. Photo syncing, as the feature is called, uploads your phone's pictures instantly after you take them and puts them in a private section of your Facebook account. By having your pictures in Facebook's servers, you can share them very rapidly when you're ready, or you can also keep them private if you don't want to post them.
February 17, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Luci, an American Kennel Club-registered German Shepherd, is enjoying 15 minutes of fame in an eye-catching listing photo for a 112-acre spread in Decatur, Texas. The asking priced of $1.495 million does not include the golf-cart riding Luci or the P-15 Mustang sitting behind her in the hangar. Luci shares the multipurpose property with a rescued male shepherd named Ruger. In addition to providing plenty of romping room for the pair, the acreage includes a two-bedroom, 2,100-square-foot home, an airfield with a grass airstrip, two hangars (one of which has living quarters)
April 25, 2014 | By Armand Emamdjomeh
There's nothing cooler than an old guitar that shows its years. The paint is chipped straight through to the wood and it's long ago lost its gleam, but the sound only seems to improve as it ages. Scott H. Biram's guitar is a perfect example in this image by Gabriel Carbajal, taken during a show on March 13 at the Echoplex . Carbajal used a Nikon D5100 with a Nikkor 18-300 f/3.5-5.6 lens to make the image. Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
April 25, 2014 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Jodie Foster and many more came out to shop the preview night of Paris Photo Los Angeles , the international art fair open to the public through the weekend at Paramount Studios. On the studio's New York backlot, guests wandered in and out of sound stages, and galleries set up in faux delis and pizza parlors, admiring historical and contemporary works by hundreds of photographers. This year's event features a tribute to actor/director/artist Dennis Hopper , including a display of his photographic work (his portrait of artist Roy Lichtenstein was one of my favorites)
April 24, 2014 | By Sharon Mizota
A trompe l'oeil photograph may seem like an oxymoron - photographs are constantly fooling the eye with their verisimilitude. Yet in his exhibition at Luis De Jesus, L.A. artist Chris Engman has managed to create photographic images that evoke this playful artistic tradition while examining the mechanisms of their own presentation. They engage in a kind of generative navel-gazing: Photography has caught itself looking. At a minimum, the photos are neat tricks. “Surface” looks like a frame filled with shredded paper but is actually a photograph of the same.
April 24, 2014 | Armand Emamdjomeh
The shape and material of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles often creates unique lighting conditions. In this case, the Blue Ribbon Garden at the hall seems to live up to its name in this image by Neil Fitzpatrick, taken Saturday. The image was taken with a Nikon D60 while Fitzpatrick was at the Concert Hall to see "Rocco" at the REDCAT theater. Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers.
April 24, 2014 | By Deborah Vankin
Two international art fair heavyweights are joining forces: The Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain, the 40-year-old Paris art show known as FIAC, will formally announce on Friday that its Los Angeles debut will coincide with Paris Photo L.A. in May 2015. FIAC L.A. will debut May 27-31, 2015, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Paris Photo L.A., which debuted here one year ago at Paramount Studios, will shift from April to May 28-31, 2015. Both events are managed by Reed Expositions France.
April 23, 2014 | By Mark Z. Barabak
The oeuvre of political advertising - and let's, for a moment, let that affectation slide by - includes a number of reliable standbys. There is the homey and heart-warming family montage, intended to humanize a candidate; the employment of a female voiceover, to try to make a harsh attack ad seem less so; the use of grainy, black-and-white footage, often unspooled in slow motion, to make an adversary appear more sinister. Then, of course, there is the unflattering photo, meant, presumably, to appeal to voters on a more subliminal level, when appeals to reason - He'll open the prison gates and let criminals loose!
July 5, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
If you tried to get your photos on the Kodak Gallery site recently, you may have noticed that the doors are locked and the lights are out there. Some of our readers have asked about how to find their photos, now that they're moving to Shutterfly. Essentially, if you had an account on Kodak Gallery, your photos are in transit. Members who used the service most will get priority in the move, with their photos landing in the next few weeks. Photos of members who used the service less will take a few months to move, Shutterfly said.
November 29, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Digitally-altered photographs in magazines and beyond -- a pimple fuzzed out here, a crooked nose reshaped there -- can be nice to look at.  But as photo retouching has become more widespread, scientists worry that such idealized images have negative effects too, making people less satisfied with their own, less-than-perfect looks.   When the website publicized apparent alterations to a photograph of the singer Faith Hill from a 2007 Redbook cover, readers recoiled .  This summer, the American Medical Assn.
April 23, 2014 | By Armand Emamdjomeh
Jason Moskowitz captures skateboarders and their shadows Saturday morning at the Venice Skate Park. Follow Armand Emamdjomeh on Twitter or Google + . Each week, we're featuring photos of Southern California submitted by readers. Share your photos on our  Flickr page  or  reader submission gallery .  Follow us on Twitter  or visit  for more on this photo series.
April 23, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Grammy-winning rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis is known for its humanitarian approach to rap. Foregoing stereotypical lyrics glamorizing violence and disdain for women, the duo has carved an all-inclusive niche for itself in the tough landscape of hip-hop. Wednesday morning, Ryan Lewis furthered that loving image by appearing with his mother on "CBS This Morning" to discuss her 30-year battle with HIV. He also talked about the family's 30/30 Project, which supports the cause of making HIV treatment available in disadvantaged communities around the world.
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