Akt Now: Gregory Bojorquez
Hailing from East Los Angeles, Gregory Bojorquez (b. 1972) began photographing the cycles of life and death as it unfolded before his very eyes, documenting the glorious and the grim realities as only an insider can. His sensitivity to beauty and strength infuses his photographs with an intense sense of the moment itself, the fleeting nature of existence—here today, gone tomorrow.
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.
An exhibition that marks a historical U.S.-Mexico border. Another that looks at the intersection of craft and fine art. And a gallery show that comes with its own rolling papers. Plus: A summer show inspired by L.A., elaborate cut-outs and a Tijuana zine fest. Here are eight shows and events to check out in the coming week:
Today’s show: “Tastemakers & Earthshakers: Notes from Los Angeles Youth Culture, 1943 – 2016” is on view at Vincent Price Art Museum in Monterey Park, California through Saturday, February 25. The group exhibition, which includes work by 35 artists, looks at eight decades of youth culture, specifically Chicano and Latino culture, in the L.A. area. The show takes the 1943 Zoot Suit Riots, in which white American servicemen attacked Mexican American youths who wore zoot suits, as its starting point.
‚Tastemakers & Earthshakers‘ not only champions the vibrant facets of L.A. youth culture (zoot suits, Mexrrissy, party crews, and low rider gearheads) but also explores how these urgent movements are enmeshed in social issues.
Drei Fotografen zeigen Menschen am Rand der Gesellschaft in intimen, teilweise radikalen Aufnahmen. Eine Bildreise durch Berlin, London, Moskau, L.A. und New York.
Photographer Gregory Bojorquez walks us through Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, and shoots portraits of new friends at a heavy metal show and a rodeo.
It sometimes bothers Gregory Bojorquez when he is categorized as a “gang photographer” in East Los Angeles, Calif., because he says he hasn’t shot gang life in about 10 years. Instead, he says he just has a passion for photographing the unique and capturing what he knows and loves, and one of the things he knows inside out is his hometown – East L.A.