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»
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»
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.
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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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»
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»