L’oeil de la Photographie – Gregory Bojorquez, Frame Life

Bojorquez grew up in East Los Angeles, where he still lives and works today. His career and what would later become his passion began with him photographing his friends and his neighborhood. Bojorquez’s photographs combine all aspects of the culture and life in his hometown; his motifs are found between the worlds of Hollywood and the streets of Los Angeles. The exhibition Frame Life at Cologne based Galerie Bene Taschen shows works from over the last 20 years. Both his black-and-white and his color photographs were captured using only analog cameras.

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Dazed and Confused Magazine: Photos of Berlin’s freaks and fringe outsiders over 30 years

The underground icon has spent his life giving a platform to those existing on the outside; whether it’s the dangerous, sexual energy of pre-gentrification NYC, or the horrifying plight of Russia’s homeless community, Zownir’s oracular, monochrome stills shift their viewer’s gaze to worlds that go otherwise concealed. It’s a mode that led the late writer Terry Southern to proclaim him the “radical poet of photography”.

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Kölnische Rundschau: Im urbanen Niemandsland

Es schwebt eine große Müdigkeit über der Stadt. Männer, Frauen und Kinder schlafen auf den Sitzgelegenheiten eines Wartesaals der Deutschen Bahn. Ein Bild der Erschöpfung, das Miron Zownir mit seiner Kamera in Berlin einfing. Abgelebt wirkt das Treiben in den Straßen, selbst die schmutzigen Schneereste am Bordstein im Osten der Stadt erzählen von einer trostlosen Realität.

The New York Times – Gangs of L.A.

LOS ANGELES — What happened to the “gangbanger,” the figure who ruled hip-hop — and, seemingly, the streets of America’s cities — from the late 1980s to the end of the millennium? Americans projected their racial and social anxieties onto this figure, inflating him into a “superpredator,” fuel for the tough-on-crime policies of the ’90s. By the turn of the century, though, the gangbanger’s power waned in our imaginations, drained by the exploitation of the entertainment industry and by the fact that so many actual gang members had been swept into prison.

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