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Photographing a House of Cards

Times photographer Kirk McKoy on assignment

Posted On: 4:50 p.m. | May 30, 2013

The first thing I did after being assigned to photograph Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright for the Times Envelope section was to binge watch all 13 episodes of their Netflix show "House of Cards." I decided the use the name of the show as my overall theme and so purchased 4 decks of cards, two red decks for Republicans and 2 blue for Democrats. Because I had only 30 minutes for the shoot the house... View Post»

Walking in the shadow of Edward Weston

Walking in the shadows of Edward Weston

Posted On: 11:04 a.m. | May 29, 2013

News photographers meet the most amazing people. On any given day it can be celebrities, felons, politicians or athletes, each with a story, each with a personality. On this day, I was fortunate to meet an icon in the photography world with amazing family history. View Post»

Outtakes | Luis Sinco

Outtakes | Luis Sinco

Posted On: 7:11 a.m. | May 28, 2013

A photographer may take dozens of shots for an assignment, which are usually edited down to just a few images for use in 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»

Preserving D-Day memories with a flag

Preserving D-day memories with a tattered flag

Posted On: 7:41 p.m. | May 23, 2013

The assignment seemed routine — a portrait of couple for a story about personal finance. But as I was soon reminded, sometimes an interesting, if not extraordinary, story lurks just beneath the surface. Such are the regular discoveries of a newspaper photographer. View Post»

Outtakes | Jay L. Clendenin

Outtakes | Jay L. Clendenin

Posted On: 10:45 a.m. | May 23, 2013

A photographer's assignment gets edited down for use in 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»

Kings Road: Defending the Stanley Cup
  • Josie Lepe / San Jose Mercury News

Kings Road: Defending the Stanley Cup

Posted On: 10:25 a.m. | May 17, 2013

Kings go for broke and beat Blackhawks, 3-1 Slava Voynov's goal makes the difference in victory that cuts Chicago's series lead to 2-1. Home winning streak reaches nine in playoffs. View Post»

Rolling Stones | 50 and Counting tour

The Rolling Stones 32 years later — It’s only rock ‘n’ roll, but I like it

Posted On: 3:58 p.m. | May 16, 2013

It was 1981 when I photographed my first Rolling Stones concert. It was the “Tattoo You” tour at the Oakland Coliseum with the J. Geils Band and George Thorogood opening the show. I was 21-years-old and taking pictures for the joy of it. I camped out for hours waiting for the gates to open. When the doors finally opened, I made the hundred-yard dash along with hundreds of others... View Post»

Gustavo Dudamel, in the camera's eye

The L.A. Phil’s Gustavo Dudamel in the camera’s eye

Posted On: 10:45 a.m. | May 14, 2013

Not many people who aren't musicians can say they’ve been within a few feet of Los Angeles Philharmonic’s music director Gustavo Dudamel while he’s conducting a symphony. Over the last four years, Los Angeles Times staff photographer Lawrence K. Ho has captured Dudamel at about 45 concerts in Los Angeles, close enough that the young Venezuelan conductor could hear Ho’s camera’s... View Post»

Epic rap battle

Historic and pop culture figures in epic rap battles

Posted On: 10:10 a.m. | May 13, 2013

Stalin vs. Rasputin? Adam vs. Eve? Justin Bieber vs. Beethoven? Meet the guys behind "Epic Rap Battles of History," whose YouTube channel has exposed millions of fans – three-quarters of them males ages 13 to 34 -- to freestyle rhetorical battles in a format born among rappers on the streets of New York City in the 1970s. Read the full story by Dawn C. Chmielewski and see more photos,... View Post»

A Coachella double take

A Coachella double take

Posted On: 5:29 p.m. | May 10, 2013

Times staff photographer Jay L. Clendenin goes “old school,” and slows down the creative process shooting multiple exposures frames at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. View Post»

(Small) body of presidential knowledge

(Small) body of presidential knowledge

Posted On: 2:12 p.m. | May 7, 2013

Five-year-old Arden Hayes loves Legos. And presidents. He's been reading up on history and can name the chief executives in order and tell you a little — OK, a lot — about them. When he found out that he shared a birthday with FDR, he decided to find out more about him, and about the other presidents. Now he is practically a walking presidential library. View Post»

Southland wildfires

Springs fire scorches Southern California

Posted On: 3:46 p.m. | May 2, 2013

With light rain falling Sunday, hand crews in Ventura County continued to work on establishing a more than mile-long fire break in the Hidden Valley area to complete containment of the 28,000-acre Springs fire. The fire, which erupted near Thousand Oaks on Thursday and quickly spread to the Pacific Ocean, was 60% contained, with full containment expected by Monday, officials said. The... View Post»

On location: Movie buffs scour Alabama Hills for film locations dating back to the silent film era.

Movie buffs scour Sierra for film locations recent and historic

Posted On: 7:13 a.m. | April 30, 2013

Near Lone Pine in the Eastern Sierra, movie buffs are scouring the wilderness in search of locations to film scenes for Django Unchained--and as many as 700 other films shot in the area. It's the High Sierra's newest sport: Hiking to find rock formations and other natural features that pinpoint where scenes were shot for movies going back to the silent film era. View Post»

2013 Stagecoach Country Music Festival

Best of the 2013 Stagecoach Country Music Festival

Posted On: 12:46 p.m. | April 28, 2013

Here are the highlights from the 2013 Stagecoach Country Music Festival weekend. Check out more here. View Post»

A worthy journey

A worthy journey

Posted On: 3:23 p.m. | April 24, 2013

I have been promising for years to take my friend Armando Arorizo to my hometown in the Philippines, and it finally happened last month. We traveled together to Dumaguete City, on the central Visayan island of Negros Oriental, and Armando brought along his friend Eli Reed, a member of the famed photographic collective known worldwide as Magnum Photos. View Post»

Coachella part deux

Best of Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2013 | Take two

Posted On: 3:38 p.m. | April 19, 2013

It's a do-over this weekend at Coachella, where about 190 acts will return for the second, and final, weekend of the annual festival. Whether you’re headed to Indio, recovering from last weekend’s festival and looking for some couch viewing, or simply excited to join in from home, Framework presents a selection of the best imagery by visual journalists of the Los Angeles Times throughout... View Post»


Framework, the photography and video blog of the Los Angeles Times, celebrates the power and explores the craft of visual storytelling. The blog highlights the work of Times photojournalists who frame by frame, document the drama, the emotion and sometimes the humor of life. Framework also aims to serve as a resource hub for photography, multimedia and video enthusiasts who share our passion. We will trade insights and discuss the tools and techniques of telling stories through images. Have a look and let us know what you think.


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