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Street photography exhibit at Hatakeyama Gallery

Street photography exhibit at Hatakeyama Gallery

It might come as a surprise to some that L.A., a city stereotyped for its car culture, has a small but vibrant street photography scene. After all, it’s pretty hard to take photos while driving, right? (Hey, we can’t all be Lee Friedlander.) That’s been one of the pleasant surprises of Southern California Moments — seeing just how many people are taking the time to explore and photograph the city.

As we looked through the many submissions to Southern California Moments, several photographers began to stand out as consistently submitting excellent classic street photography. Then we found out that they actually know each other and frequently shoot together. They even have a name for their group.

The Hatakeyama Gallery will hold an exhibit by the group, the L.A. Streettogs, on Thursday, Feb. 9, as part of the downtown Art Walk. Opened in December, the gallery has become a home and “playplace,” according to Eric Kim. One of the group’s founders, Kim has managed to turn his passion into a profession through his street photography blog and series of international workshops on street photography. The gallery also has a studio space, a modeling prep area and a photography lighting and accessory store upstairs.

Frequent followers of Southern California Moments will recognize many of the photographers in the exhibit, including Chris Camargo, Eric Kim, David Patrick Valera, Elizabeth Wang-Lee and Erin Xavier.

Come out Thursday and meet several of these photographers, as well as members of the Southern California Moments group. And stay tuned for a closer look at the L.A. Streettogs.

Photo: A man crossing the street in downtown L.A. by Chris Camargo, one of the images that will be shown at the Hatakeyama Gallery. 

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1 Comment

  1. February 8, 2012, 10:42 am

    This is AWESOME. I LOVE these photographers! Thank you so much for writing about this. I think amazing street photographers like Erin Xavier are RARELY recognized for their amazing ability to truly capture LA.

    By: Tricia

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