We started today on a new photo book, tentatively called Portfolio, which will contain pictures I took when I worked as a photographer at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner from 1979 to 1989. That career was quite a journey: I started as a 20-something with a beat-up ’54 Chevy chasing police and fire calls for the then-moribund Herex.
Later, by great good fortune, Hearst hired editorial legend Jim Bellows to try to revive the paper. In came bright young editors and writers, along with a challenge to move the paper’s photo quality up to that more suitable to glossy magazines (see photo of Dee Dee Bridgewater, above).
So today’s challenge is to boil an eclectic, quirky collection of crime scenes, celeb portraits, politicians, fashion shots and more into a cohesive look at what those years in Los Angeles were like. Years ago I started on this project with a PDF book called Los Angeles… stay tuned for a ‘public beta,’ as we did with the N Judah project… 4:09:55 PM