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Europe’s Migrant Crisis | RFK Journalism Award Winner in International Photography

Europe’s Migrant Crisis | RFK Journalism Award Winner in International Photography

Posted On: 2:02 p.m. | May 11, 2016

Los Angeles Times photojournalist Carolyn Cole was named the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award Winner in International Photography for her work on “Europe’s Migrant Crisis. View Post»

Having a beer with Merle Haggard

Having a beer with Merle Haggard

Posted On: 12:09 p.m. | April 8, 2016

My first portrait session with country music legend Merle Haggard was on May 31, 2004 at the Muddy Moose Bar in Studio City, Calif. My images were part of a series called the, “Songwriters,” series by former Los Angeles Times Pop Music Critic Robert Hilburn. View Post»

Thousands of volunteers help count L.A. County's homeless

Thousands of volunteers help count L.A. County’s homeless

Posted On: 7:32 p.m. | January 29, 2016

As city and county officials gear up for what is promised as a $100-million program to reduce homelessness, thousands of volunteers hit the streets to document the scale of the problem. Nearly 7,500 volunteers signed up to take part in the 2016 homeless count, said Naomi Goldman, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which organized the event. The... View Post»

2015 US Open of Surfing
  • Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times

2015 US Open of Surfing

Posted On: 12:42 p.m. | July 29, 2015

By Mike Sciacca The Vans U.S. Open of Surfing is about to swell to a fever pitch in the coming days at the Huntington Beach Pier. The stretch drive of the nine days of action sports, including the world's largest surfing competition, and BMX and skateboarding contests, begins Thursday, continues Friday and Saturday and ends with women's and men's surfing finals on Sunday. ... View Post»

San Bernardino, a broken city seeking hope

No room for a normal childhood

Posted On: 7:00 a.m. | July 22, 2015

The children gather at dusk on the pitted motel parking lot, hard against the sound wall of the freeway. They kick a scuffed soccer ball and play with the stray dogs they have rescued. One holds a cockroach he pretends is a pet turtle. Eddie Martinez, 14, rides his bike among them, happy they are back from school. Since he quit going to class several months before, he spends his days... View Post»

Coal mining divides Indian tribes

For Crow Nation, proposed mine is a matter of survival

Posted On: 8:50 p.m. | July 20, 2015

For the Crow, the project is a matter of survival. Traffic at the Crow's remote and modest casino provides no meaningful revenue, there are no reservation hotels and unemployment here is well into in the double digits. Tribal leaders say the new mine could provide up to $5,000 annually in dividend payments for each of the more than 13,000 members of the tribe and high-paying jobs for decades to... View Post»

Tibet’s road ahead: Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday invites celebration and contemplation

Tibet’s road ahead: Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday invites celebration and contemplation

Posted On: 3:41 p.m. | July 7, 2015

To hear the Dalai Lama laugh, his face lighting up in a beatific smile, it is easy to forget the cascade of disasters endured by the Tibetan Buddhist movement over the course of his life. View Post»

Vietnamese refugees rebuild their lives from nothing

Vietnamese evacuees in 1975: starting from scratch

Posted On: 9:15 a.m. | April 29, 2015

It’s late April 1975, when refugee camps sprung up across the U.S. to shelter an exodus of 100,000-plus Vietnamese after the Fall of Saigon – with the best-known of these at Camp Pendleton. With just 36 hours of notice, enlisted crews loaded transport and rushed around, sweeping the grounds, laying plywood floors, setting up hundreds of tents and thousands of cots, stocking pantries –... View Post»

Photographing Al Pacino

How I photographed Al Pacino

Posted On: 12:30 p.m. | March 23, 2015

By Ricardo DeAratanha, Los Angeles Times When I was assigned to photograph actor Al Pacino I was asked to produce at least three different looks for The Envelope and Calendar sections. The shoot was to take place at the Four Seasons Hotel Beverly Hills, where I have worked many times before. When photographing celebrities we’re usually not given much time and this time wouldn’t be any... View Post»

  • Christina House / For the Times

Polluting plant shut down

Posted On: 8:30 p.m. | March 13, 2015

Exide admitted to 20 years of illegal activity and agreed to permanently close, demolish and clean up the facility View Post»

Pictures of the Year International competition
  • Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times

Pictures of the Year International competition

Posted On: 1:28 p.m. | March 3, 2015

Top prizes in the 72nd Pictures of the Year International photojournalism contest went to photographers for the New York Times and the Commercial Appeal. Daniel Berehulak, a freelancer for the New York Times, won photographer of the year and Brad Vest of the Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn., was named newspaper photographer of the year. Los Angeles Times photographers Rick Loomis and... View Post»

Behind the lens | Jay L. Clendenin builds a studio at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Behind the lens | Jay L. Clendenin builds a studio at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival

Posted On: 6:14 p.m. | February 9, 2015

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival, which concluded this past weekend, marked our third year having a portrait and video studio and the numbers were right on target with the previous year, photographing 75 movies and shooting 279 portraits. During my usual workweek at the Times, I’m often tasked with shooting a handful of portraits, many being celebrities for the Calendar section. Over the... View Post»

  • Sergei L. Loiko / Los Angeles Times

Photographer’s notebook | The unfolding crisis in Ukraine

Posted On: 11:06 a.m. | December 26, 2014

It was supposed to be a short assignment. After all, European countries in the 21st century may sometimes be gripped by protests, and some of them may even turn violent. But they don’t usually descend into open warfare. View Post»

Welcome to Hoodslam

Welcome to Hoodslam

Posted On: 4:00 a.m. | December 11, 2014

Inside the Oakland Metro Opera House, the floors are sticky and the air is hazy with several kinds of smoke. As if on cue, hundreds of people raise their middle fingers at a muscle-bound bro standing on stage in ripped jeans and an orange wig, while he pours a bottle of Jack down bystanders’ throats. Welcome to Hoodslam. View Post»

PRODUCT OF MEXICO | Day 1 | Labor camps


Posted On: 7:35 a.m. | December 7, 2014

A boom in farm exports to the U.S. from Mexico has benefited growers and consumers. But for migrant workers in the fields, it is a life of exploitation and hardship. View Post»

Fish out of water

Fish out of water

Posted On: 2:11 p.m. | December 3, 2014

California started giving a ride to millions of young Chinook salmon after the state’s record-breaking drought left rivers too dry for them to migrate on their own. View Post»


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