Photography

The images on this page are from my occasional photo assignments in L.A.
For personal work, check out my Pinterest boards:

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A shot of the Hollywood subway station which ran in L.A. Weekly.
It was also chosen for American Photography 17.

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Superman on Hollywood and Highland.

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I did an interview with comic artiste Tony Millionaire, and also shot him in his studio.
We’d killed a six-pack at this point and I’m glad the shots are in focus.

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I shot these pub shots for Melanie and Austin, two great musicians from Nashville.

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The Iliad Bookshop in North Hollywood. Shot for L.A. CityBeat.
I know they’re not that interesting, but The Iliad is a really great bookstore. I ended up spending more money on books than I made from the assignment that day.

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A really cool old tree in South Pasadena that I photographed for L.A. Weekly.

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These are The Willowz. A great punk — or is it post-punk? — band.
CityBeat gave me the original assignment, but the group had a lot of press that year and my shots ended up running in L.A. Times and Mean magazine, too.
I think the lineup has changed since I shot them, but at the time, they were: Alex, Richie, Jessica and Dan.

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This is Jimmy Au. A tailor who specializes in making men 5’8″ and under look quite stylish.
Since I shot this, Au has moved his shop from the Glendale Galleria to Beverly Hills. Quite stylish indeed.

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This is Jon Wheat, an independent music and events producer. I shot this for a special issue of L.A. Weekly using a Lomo Action Sampler. The Action Sampler shoots four sequential frames onto a 35mm negative. I fudged a little by adding two more frames from the next sequence to make a vertical that could fill an entire page. All of the gear on the Lomo site is great. If you’re gonna buy some, though, shop around, you can get the toy cameras cheaper elsewhere.
Speaking of toy cameras, here’s an outtake from the same shoot done with a Holga:

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Former Santa Monica city council candidate Jerry Rubin, shot for CityBeat. Rubin is noted for petitioning to change his name to “Jerry Peace Activist Rubin” in order to avoid confusion with Jerry Rubin of Chicago Seven fame.

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Actor Brian Nahas. Brian’s a really nice guy, that’s just his tough look.

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—Bill Smith

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