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Artist News, 10 Photographers Who Captured the Grit and Glamor of L.A. on ARTSY

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"Known for palm trees, surfer dudes, and the film industry, Los Angeles and its history are characterized by the city’s laid-back living and Hollywood elegance. Yet L.A. has always been more than meets the eye, bursting at the seams with outsider culture and the idiosyncrasies of everyday life. Over the second half of the 20th century, the city was a muse for pioneering photographers, who both captured its beauty and laid bare its gritty realities."

Photographers include Elliot Erwitt, Robert Frank, Bob Willoughby, Julius Shulman, Garry Winogrand, Lee Friedlander, William EgglestonBruce Davidson, Mary Ellen Mark, and Catherine Opie.


Left: William Eggleston, Untitled (Car Wreck) [From The Seventies: Volume two] (Circa 1970) Right: William Eggleston, Untitled (Topiary Trees, Hollywood) (1999 - 2000)   

Left: William Eggleston, Untitled (Car Wreck) [From The Seventies: Volume two] (Circa 1970)
Right: William Eggleston, Untitled (Topiary Trees, Hollywood) (1999 - 2000)


Finding suitable subjects in a cupboard of foodstuffs, an abandoned bicycle, and anonymous people on city sidewalks, William Eggleston and his intensely hued dye-transfer prints unequivocally thrust the mundane, as well as spectacles, into the spotlight, all while he led the charge into non-commercial color photography.


Bruce Davidson,  Surfers along Pacific Coast, Los Angeles, California , 1964

Bruce Davidson, Surfers along Pacific Coast, Los Angeles, California, 1964

Davidson has consistently brought this sensitivity and novel perspective to subjects ranging from gang members in Brooklyn to the Civil Rights struggle in the South. His images of L.A.—from a carefree surfer youth to the lonesome back of the Hollywood sign—exude this intimate attention.

Read about the excursions across and around L.A. by the several photographers highlighted on

Vergara Archive Acquired by Library of Congress

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ROSEGALLERY photographer Camilo José Vergara has selected the Library of Congress to house his photographic archive. The Library of Congress will maintain his record of urban America from the 1970s to 2010s and in time make available a full archive of 10,000 images.

For his website called Invincible Cities, Vergara wrote, “I use photographs as a means of discovery, as a tool with which to clarify visions and construct knowledge about a particular place, or city. … A set of photographs coupled with interviews from a block, neighborhood or a building became the starting point for developing stories that I hope will help establish a place's changing identity. My work asks basic questions: what was this place in the past, who uses it now, and what are its current prospects? Using insights from a variety of disciplines such as ethnography, history, and archeology, I uncover patterns shaping the nation's poorest and most segregated postindustrial cities.”

For more information regarding this important acquisition, visit the Vergara's page with the Library of Congress.

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