photography

Photography, Fathers, and Mayors

September 23, 2013

When Gil Garcetti was voted out as Los Angeles District Attorney in 2000 after two terms, he turned his dedication in life to another love besides the law – photography. In the years since, he has become a respected figure in the L.A. and broader photo community. He is especially known for what has become [...]


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They of All People

January 30, 2013

. (Updated) It has been a fascinating week in anti-Semitism, but then they all are. The more I witness it, the more persuaded I become of the identity of the purer, more direct forms and the ignorant forms. After all, much ignorance – lack of knowledge and sophistication – is open with wonder and without [...]


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Picture This: 6 – Herman Leonard

January 20, 2013

. We visited the Grammy Museum Friday evening, on Figueroa Sweet at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles. I expected something glitzy and promotional, fit for Universal City Walk and while there are elements, it is a serious small museum, focused on listening experiences, where one can gain a beginning university education in the history and features of twentieth-century American popular music. [...]


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Pine Ridge: In the Shadow of Wounded Knee

August 2, 2012

. The photographs, text, video and audio below are from the August edition of National Geographic magazine, all courtesy of the magazine. The photography is by Aaron Huey, whose work we have highlighted before at the sad red earth, the story by Alexandra Fuller. Huey has spent the past seven years documenting the lives of  the Oglala [...]


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A Portrait of the Artist in Uncertainty

July 5, 2011

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Picture This: 5 – A Hollywood Premiere

March 23, 2011

Wasn’t it ever so – small-town girl with her big-time dreams moves to the City of Angeles, hits it big, goes Hollywood? And so it is again. Julia Dean, that’s right, that Julia Dean, and this Julia Dean, once of Broken Bow, Nebraska, sometimes of these parts, and always of The Julia Dean Photo Workshops, [...]


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How We Lived on It (34) – Pierre Gleizes and Greenpeace

February 12, 2011

Photographer Pierre Gleizes has worked for Greepeace for three of the four decades the environmental campaigning organization has been in existence. He has shot some of the organization’s most striking and well-known images. This year, Greenpeace turns forty. This video offers the photographer’s thoughts on his long career as journalist and activist. Follow Greenpeace Video [...]


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Picture This: 4 – Cheryl Himmelstein

December 8, 2010

Cheryl Himmelstein studied photography at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, graduating with a BFA in 1995. She began her career as a freelance photographer and editorial portrait specialist with a personal photo essay documenting a family’s life in a homeless shelter in Altadena, California. Her clients have included The New York Times Magazine, Time [...]


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More Benny Golson

November 17, 2010

charlie K, photographer and jazz connoisseur, and my personal pizza maven, sends along this shot of Benny Golson, today’s Jazz Is feature. [ad#adsense]


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2010 Berenice Abbott Prize Winner – Christopher Capozziello

September 22, 2010

The Berenice Abbott Prize for an Emerging Photographer is an international competition administered by The Julia Dean Photo Workshops in honor of Julia Dean’s mentor, famed photographer Berenice Abbott.  Each year, one person is selected for this prize and is given a one-person, all expenses paid, exhibition at an LA gallery, an exhibition book, a [...]


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How We Lived on It (24) – Russia in Color, a Century Ago

September 4, 2010

I wrote yesterday of being called home from Budapest, on the way to visit the shtetl in which my father was born, because of my father’s illness, from which he soon died. Two months later, in October 2005, Julia and I completed that journey to Orinin, in the historic Podolia region of Ukraine, the Jewish [...]


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The Last Apprentice

August 4, 2010

When Julia Dean went to live and work in Maine as an apprentice to famed photographer Berenice Abbott, Julia had just completed her Bachelor of Science degree in photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Julia was 23 and Abbott was 80. Julia was her last apprentice. Abbott had first made her reputation in 1920s [...]


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Picture This: 3 – Chuck Koton

June 30, 2010

Born into a family of photographers, the teenage Chuck Koton began carrying his camera wherever he went. He even set up a darkroom in his parents’ Bronx apartment. Around the same time Koton began his lifelong love affair with jazz. One night he came across his older brother’s copy of Miles Davis’ Someday My Prince [...]


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Picture This: 2 – Larry Hirshowitz

June 2, 2010

Larry Hirshowitz moved to Los Angeles from South Africa in 1991. Observing the starkly divided culture of apartheid South Africa gave Hirshowitz an eye for the beauty, diversity and tension of urban existence. His subjects range from actor Ben Kingsley and film director David Lynch to memorial murals in the heart of South Central, and [...]


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Picture This: 1 – Julia Dean

May 19, 2010

This is the first in a new series presenting the work of documentary and fine art photographers, beginning with Julia Dean, of the sad red earth, The Julia Dean Photo Workshops, and this writer’s affections. Julia has been shooting and teaching photography for over thirty years. At her workshops in Los Angeles, at Venice Beach, [...]


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A Reader’s Gallery 1

March 2, 2010

John Curran is a reader who lives in Oakton, Virginia. Not long ago, John and I had a spirited exchange over two posts on the recent Supreme Court decision regarding corporate campaign spending. It turns out John is a federal computer security officer, and I’m not allowed to tell you anything else under threat of [...]


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Project 5 Silent Auction This Saturday

February 16, 2010

SILENT AUCTION OF MORE THAN 100 IMAGES BY PROMINENT PHOTOGRAPHERS Auction Will Raise Money for Documentary Photography -FEBRUARY 20, 2010, from 7-10 p.m. (bidding starts at 9) at THE STEPHEN COHEN GALLERY 7358 Beverly Blvd. in Los Angeles (90036) Actor and photographer Aaron Eckhart will join Julia Dean, founder of The Julia Dean Photo Workshops, [...]


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Uruguay (Ooruɣwai)

February 10, 2010

Uruguay, they say in Ooruɣwai, is the ubiquitous ham in the sandwich between the baguette-size slices of Brazil and Argentina. If it bites on those populations, the teeth are heading for the Uruguayans (Uruguayos – Ooruɣwaishos) The 3.3 million-person nation (1.1 million in the capital of Montevideo) is formally the Oriental Republic of Uruguay. According [...]


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Iguazu Falls

February 4, 2010

This is my adventure to Iguazu, between Argentina and Brazil. The night shot is from the full moon walk out to Devils throat from the Argentina side. It is all a sight to be seen. The helicopter ride from the Brazil side is a must. What a thrill. If one has a chance of this [...]


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Photography for Social Change: Project 5

January 19, 2010

SILENT AUCTION OF MORE THAN 100 IMAGES BY PROMINENT PHOTOGRAPHERS Auction Will Raise Money for Documentary Photography FEBRUARY 20, 2010 at THE STEPHEN COHEN GALLERY Actor and photographer Aaron Eckhart will join Julia Dean, founder of The Julia Dean Photo Workshops, for an exhibit and silent auction of more than 100 iconic images taken by [...]


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A Pause in the Journey

November 16, 2009

A year and and nearly two weeks ago, Julia and I left Los Angeles to travel the country by motorhome and do research for our book on contemporary Native American life. Thursday we returned to L.A., not home quite – because we’ll be setting wheels to road some more, intermittently, throughout the next year – [...]


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