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San Bernardino, a broken city seeking hope

San Bernardino, a broken city seeking hope

Posted On: 12:01 a.m. | June 14, 2015

San Bernardino has become a distillation of America’s urban woes and the poorest city of its size in the state. As other California cities lift themselves out of the recession, San Bernardino, once a blue-collar town with a solid middle class, has become the poorest city of its size in the state and a distillation of America’s urban woes. Four decades ago, the Country Inn boasted a... 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»

Russian-speaking veterans seek to preserve their legacy

Russian-speaking veterans seek to preserve their legacy

Posted On: 7:30 p.m. | November 24, 2014

The men who created the Los Angeles Assn. of Veterans of WWII almost four decades ago sought to preserve the memory of the sacrifices they made as youth defending their Soviet homeland during World War II. At its peak the group’s membership grew to more than 2,200 veterans. Today, that number has dropped to 400, 160 of whom served during World War II. Others are the children and widows of... View Post»

Port of Call | The Mexican navy Barque “Cuauhtemo” arrives in San Pedro

Port of Call | The Mexican navy Barque Cuauhtemoc arrives in San Pedro

Posted On: 3:04 p.m. | October 29, 2014

A training vessel for the Mexican navy, the three-masted Barque “Cuauhtemoc,” sailed into the Port of Los Angeles on and has docked in San Pedro for a four-day stay. The historic vessel, with a crew of approximately 200 aboard is 297 feet long, weighs 1,800 tons and has a rigging height of 168 feet. She carries 23 sails with a maximum sail area of about half an acre. View Post»

A cross-continental black sisterhood rekindled

A cross-continental black sisterhood rekindled

Posted On: 11:55 a.m. | October 21, 2014

The three of us -- the black American, the black Russian and me, a black Briton -- took a photo together. And then we went our separate ways. Maryum back to the United States, Yelena remaining in Russia and me to England. We never really thought we would see each other again, at least not as a group. But as fate would have it, almost three decades later, during one week in August 2014, we all... View Post»

Home on the range | Darryl Sutter brings the Stanly Cup home

Home on the Range | Darryl Sutter brings the Stanley Cup home

Posted On: 5:05 a.m. | October 8, 2014

By Bill Plaschke / Photos by Robert Gauthier VIKING, CANADA – The road to the heart of hockey's greatest team is covered in gravel and clouded in dust. The road is bumpy, barren, stretching out from a town with no stoplights into a vast and desolate countryside blanketed in an interminable silence interrupted by the occasional chirping from a tree or rumbling of a train. Make a... View Post»

Blog title: With courage and patience, two migrant mothers share their stories
  • Ora DeKornfeld /Los Angeles Times

With courage and patience, two migrant mothers share their stories

Posted On: 5:00 a.m. | October 3, 2014

“Well, I speak a little Spanish,” I said to myself as I set out to meet Fatima, a 15-year-old Salvadoran girl. Fatima recently made the solo journey from Central America to live with her mother in Reseda. I met her mother, Miriam Duena, several days earlier through El Rescate, a legal aid nonprofit group that serves the immigrant population in Los Angeles. The thousands of unaccompanied... View Post»

Room to grieve
  • Emily Rhyne / Los Angeles Times

Room to grieve

Posted On: 6:00 a.m. | September 29, 2014

Going behind the yellow tape at a crime scene is raw. The smell hangs in your clothes and what you see isn’t something you just sleep off. View Post»


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