Gregory Bojorquez, Joseph Rodriguez, Miron Zownir – Insights – Los Angeles
On May 2nd, the Cologne-based gallerist Bene Taschen will debut his internationally known Hardhitta Gallery in the US with the pop-up group exhibition “Insights” in Los Angeles.
With Insights from May 2 to May 23, 2014 Hardhitta Gallery will present a joint exhibition of photographs by Gregory Bojorquez, Joseph Rodriguez and Miron Zownir at Voila! in Los Angeles. Bene Taschen presents works of the three contemporary photographers, none of whom shy away from photographing difficult subjects or taboos. The exhibition consists of a selection of their prints in cibachrome, silver gelatin and archival pigment print spanning four decades. Gregory Bojorquez will be present at the opening.
Gregory Bojorquez grew up in East Los Angeles and began his career photographing his friends and neighbors. He gained the confidence of some of LA’s notorious street gangs and began to document their gangland activities. After coming to the attention of L.A. Weekly he has been known to take pictures of such Hollywood greats as Snoop Dogg and Mike Tyson. His photos have been published in Rolling Stone and FHM magazines. In 2011 Bojorquez happened to capture images of riots on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles with his analogue camera. These pictures were published around the world.
Joseph Rodriguez, the multi acclaimed documentary photographer from New York is also known for his intimate and accurate portrayal of people who live on the edge of society. Rodriguez’s works were exhibited for the first time last year in Germany in a major retrospective by Hardhitta Gallery. A passion for photography saved Rodriguez from a life of theft and drug dealing. His award winning photos are published regularly in well-known newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, Der Spiegel and National Geographic. His photos were recently exhibited in the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington in an exhibition called Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art.
As the “poet of radical photography,” German-Ukrainian artist Miron Zownir has been chronicling the dark side of human existence for more than 30 years, in Western capitals such as Berlin, London and New York as well as in post-communist Eastern Europe. His photos depict outsiders in society: drug addicts, homeless people, prostitutes and minor criminals. Zownir’s pictures give a penetrating insight to inner-city sub-cultural spheres. His lens captured the untamed lust at gay-parties, just shortly before Aids massively claimed its victims; the futile protest of artists and offbeat performers; the hopelessness on the Bowery; the shadowy world of hookers or junkies. Zownir’s radical works have been shown in numerous exhibitions including two exhibitions, Darkside I and Darkside II in the Fotomuseum Winterthur (CH) (2008/2009), where his photos were shown together with works by Araki, Nan Goldin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Weegee and Larry Clark.