Posted On: 5:00 a.m. | December 19, 2013
It's the busy season for dance.
Ballet schools, local companies and touring troupes present variations of "The Nutcracker" in late November and December. Some productions are fully staged, while others are excerpts. The classic ballet to Tchaikovsky's beloved music is more than a holiday mainstay. It's populated with an abundance of roles, giving stage time to young and eager dancers with... View Post»
Posted On: 9:06 p.m. | December 17, 2013
It's a grueling 15-hour day for Carmen Mendoza and her children as they leave home before dawn and trek to far-flung schools and work. But they expect a payoff someday. View Post»
Posted On: 10:32 a.m. | December 17, 2013
Several Los Angeles Times photojournalists were among those who risked their lives to chronicle the war in Iraq. The team included Don Bartletti, Bryan Chan, Carolyn Cole, Robert Gauthier, Rick Loomis, Luis Sinco, Wally Skalij and Brian van der Brug. Steve Stroud, The Times’ deputy director of photography, shepherded the process of dispatching the photographers, steering their coverage and... View Post»
Posted On: 4:53 p.m. | December 16, 2013
It was during a weekend hike in November with my grown son Max along a well-worn trail at an elevation of 1600 feet in the Santa Ynez Mountains when we both smelled the unmistakable odor of something that had died. We both dismissed the smell as likely from a poor rodent that had met its end.
The following day we watched closely as a turkey vulture (Cathartes aura) soared on the thermals and... View Post»
Posted On: 9:03 p.m. | December 15, 2013
More than 500 Santas, a few reindeer and one gingerbread man blanketed downtown LA, and surrounding bars of interest for Santacon LA 2014. View Post»
Posted On: 5:00 a.m. | December 13, 2013
Scores of Catholics of Mexican and Central American descent crowd into La Placita Church in downtown Los Angeles for one of several Masses held in conjunction with El Dia De La Virgen De Guadalupe. View Post»
Posted On: 7:04 p.m. | December 11, 2013
I met sculptor Charles Dickson, 66, while he was working on the piece, “Dance of the Wood Nips,” at his studio in Compton. The sculpture, made from a rare piece of Monkey Pod tree, captures women holding up a portal to the sky.
“In this piece I wanted to talk about the human spirit in relationship with nature,” Dickson said. View Post»
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»