Posted On: 5:01 p.m. | December 5, 2013
I was the Johannesburg bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times in the early 2000s.
My first opportunity to be in the same room with liberation icon Nelson Mandela came when I attended a gathering of Jewish businessmen where Mandela was expected to be the keynote speaker.
The room buzzed with excitement as the crowd anxiously awaited the arrival of this larger-than-life figure. A hush fell... View Post»
Posted On: 9:33 a.m. | December 4, 2013
The road to the abandoned gold mining town of Seneca, Calif. is six miles long, mostly dirt and gravel, snaking along a ridge hundreds of feet above the north fork of the Feather River.
The road ends in a clearing, where a plaque declares that “gold was found in 1851 and a wild mining town was born,” with a nearby post office, hotel, blacksmith and a steady supply of gold-hungry miners.
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Posted On: 1:50 p.m. | December 3, 2013
A photographer's assignment gets edited down for the newspaper and online. Details and moments significant to the photographer often don't make the cut. "Outtakes" presents a selection of those images. We welcome comments and discussion. View Post»
Posted On: 11:02 p.m. | November 29, 2013
Roger Anderson has a lot to be thankful for this holiday. After spending more than three decades living on the streets -- seeking refuge under bridges, in the woods and most recently a small grassy patch near the on-ramp of 110 Freeway in Downtown LA -- the 47-year-old moved into his first apartment just in time for Thanksgiving. View Post»
Posted On: 5:00 a.m. | November 26, 2013
The final chapter from a seven part series, Postcards From the West, was just published in the Los Angeles Times.
The series was originally going to be called, Icons From The West, but that name landed on the cutting room floor. Such is life at a daily newspaper where ideas come and go, stories are written and re-written and pictures sometimes never see the light of day. View Post»
Posted On: 9:03 p.m. | November 13, 2013
Call these images outtakes, pictures that never see the printed page.
We think that we have some of the best sports photographers in the nation working here at the Los Angeles Times. We strive to show you their best work every day in the printed paper as well as on our website, and most of the time we manage to accomplish that.
Sometimes, though, our best pictures are destined... View Post»
Posted On: 8:37 p.m. | November 13, 2013
The South American colossus of Brazil faces massive changes and challenges as it prepares for the world's spotlight during the World Cup next year and the Olympic Games in 2016.
Images from the sprawling metropolis of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro contrast with those from the interior city of Acailandia, once a fruit-producing region now in the pig iron business.
You can see more on my... View Post»
Posted On: 10:41 p.m. | November 10, 2013
“My vision here today is to at least reach out to one vet who is suffering,” said Iraq war veteran Tom Woods during a speech he gave while standing in the shadow of the USS Iowa in San Pedro, Ca. on Saturday afternoon. Scanning the crowd, Woods adds that, “somewhere out here is a man who needs help, standing in this very parking lot.” View Post»
Posted On: 8:23 p.m. | November 6, 2013
Hundreds of landmarks on U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs properties are at risk of being demolished because of the agency’s lack of maintenance and its failure to comply with federal laws protecting historic sites, according to a study by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. View Post»
Posted On: 4:56 p.m. | November 5, 2013
Tens of thousands of Southern Californians descended on downtown Santa Ana over the weekend for Noche de Altares (Night of Altars), a festive and colorful celebration mainly dedicated to people dead and gone. Held at the intersection of Fourth and Birch Streets, the event ‘s focal point are intricately constructed altars that line the sidewalks and memorialize friends and loved ones on Dia de... View Post»
Posted On: 11:01 p.m. | November 4, 2013
Clippers rely on late surge in 137-118 victory over Rockets View Post»
Posted On: 1:00 p.m. | November 4, 2013
by Gary Friedman
When Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez and I paid a recent visit to 99-year-old Morrie Markoff and his lovely wife, Betty, never did I expect to find out how much of an accomplished amateur photographer Morrie had been through the years.
Nor did I expect to find his deep love of photography.
But there it was, staring at me through eight photo books on his... View Post»
Posted On: 2:03 p.m. | November 1, 2013
These guys don’t need Halloween. At Lucha Vavoom, Halloween is reduntant, as they feature a crazy stew of exotic dancers, luchadors and mini zombie dancers. View Post»
Posted On: 6:00 a.m. | November 1, 2013
I grew up listening to hip hop because of my aunt and sister. They introduced me to the music of 2 Pac, Too Short, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, Snoop Dog, Ice Cube and N.W.A. But it wasn't until my senior year in high school that I was introduced to "underground" and east coast hip hop. I started going to house parties and would see my guy friends have MC battles. My high school boyfriend also... View Post»
Posted On: 1:30 a.m. | November 1, 2013
Every year on All Hallows Eve, tens of thousands of revelers flock to Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood for the city’s Halloween Carnaval, billed as one of the world’s largest Halloween celebrations. View Post»
Posted On: 12:00 p.m. | October 28, 2013
William Mulholland’s “Big Ditch” sparked the long conflict between Los Angeles and the Owens Valley.
The stealth and deception used to obtain the region’s land and water rights became grist for books and movies that portrayed the dark underbelly of Los Angeles' formative years, and inspired deep-seated suspicions about the city’s motives that linger to this day.
The aqueduct left... View Post»