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Postcards from the West | San Francisco's iconic cable cars

Postcards from the West | San Francisco’s famed cable cars

Posted On: 10:10 a.m. | July 22, 2013

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency operates 40 cable cars. They roll on three lines — Powell-Hyde, Powell-Mason and California Street — that together cover 8.8 miles. They top out at 9.5 mph and board about 19,000 passengers a day. View Post»

Outtakes | Luis Sinco

Outtakes | Luis Sinco

Posted On: 6:00 a.m. | July 22, 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»

A visit to Pelican Bay State Prison

Inside Pelican Bay State Prison

Posted On: 4:58 p.m. | July 16, 2013

Several months ago I was given the opportunity, along with Los Angeles Times Writer Paige St. John, to tour the Secure Housing Unit (SHU) at Pelican Bay State Prison in Crescent City, California. Crescent City is one of the most beautiful places in Northern California. The rugged, rocky shoreline, shrouded with fog, renders classic postcard coastal views. Inland, a tree-lined road meanders past... View Post»

George Zimmerman protests trigger eight arrests in L.A.

George Zimmerman trial verdict protests

Posted On: 1:56 p.m. | July 15, 2013

Civil rights leaders at the NAACP national convention Wednesday — Martin Luther King III and the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton — called the acquittal in 17-year-old Trayvon Martin's slaying a setback for race relations — and the audience agreed. View Post»

World on Wheels rolls to an end

World on Wheels rolls to an end

Posted On: 2:18 p.m. | July 11, 2013

World on Wheels, the last full-fledged indoor roller skating rink in the city of Los Angeles, has closed its doors after almost 32 years as a Mid-City favorite. For three decades, it has won loyalists as an indoor amusement park, party venue, fitness center, haven for young people and hip-hop incubator. It has even played matchmaker. But a bankruptcy proceeding, a change in ownership and... View Post»

Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers

Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers

Posted On: 4:43 p.m. | July 5, 2013

[Update: The Dwight Howard decision finally came, and the free-agent center chose the Houston Rockets over the Lakers.] The Lakers are trying to persuade Dwight Howard to stay with the franchise for five more years. Magic Johnson tweeted  the same slogan the Lakers unveiled on billboards last week throughout Los Angeles: "Stay." Steve Nash was also active Monday on Twitter before he boarded... View Post»

Fireworks 2013

Fireworks spectacles for the Fourth of July

Posted On: 10:26 a.m. | July 5, 2013

Fireworks demonstrations lit up the night skies across the country to celebrate Independence Day.Spectators lined the sand to watch the show above the Huntington Beach pier.A fireworks and light show at the new Grand Park near L.A. City Hall entertained a throng of revelers who came out for the Fourth of July celebration.In Simi Valley, 28 people were injured when at least one pyrotechnic... View Post»

Behind the lens: Bethany Mollenkof photographs J. Cole
  • Bethany Mollenkof / Los Angeles Times

Behind the lens: Bethany Mollenkof photographs J. Cole

Posted On: 9:14 p.m. | July 3, 2013

As a photojournalist I love to let the unpredictable unfold in front of my lens. That's when I'm most comfortable. For me, shooting set up portraits is often more of a challenge than simply blending into a situation and quietly documenting. Over the past few months, though, I've pushed myself to shoot more portraits -- a practice in how to handle the pressure of a set up shoot. Usually... View Post»

Behind the lens: Allen J. Schaben shoots fireworks

Behind the lens: Allen J. Schaben shoots fireworks

Posted On: 3:03 p.m. | July 2, 2013

When I shoot an assignment, I want the reader/viewer to feel what it was like to be there. I try to put the reader in a place where maybe they can’t be and do it in a way that adds mood or feeling to the photo. Covering fireworks on July 4th is no different: I try to figure out a way to bring readers to the event in a way that shows the mood. View Post»

Window on the World

Window on the World

Posted On: 8:42 a.m. | July 2, 2013

One of the joys of photojournalism is finding a little gem of a story while working on another assignment. On a recent story I was walking with a neighborhood watch group that gathers every Wednesday night to walk through the Los Angeles Arts District in hopes of developing neighborhood ties in the community. The group has been together for ten years and was started by the late Joel Bloome. ... View Post»

After eight years Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says goodbye

My morning with the mayor

Posted On: 12:49 a.m. | June 28, 2013

For eight years I have photographed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, from his days on the campaign trail in 2005 at a Little League game in Sylmar to this week, his last as chief executive of the City of the Angels. We developed a sense of trust — key with a journalist and his subject — and the mayor has occasionally allowed me to go behind the scenes and capture moments the public wouldn’t... View Post»

Kirk McKoy portrait session

Behind the lens: Kirk McKoy’s elaborate portrait setups

Posted On: 8:35 a.m. | June 24, 2013

By Kirk McKoy, Los Angeles Times Every year The Envelope section of the Los Angeles Times gathers a collection of panelists to discuss the television industry. The panels include people from some of the most popular TV shows in the categories of comedy, drama, reality and show runners. My assignment was to photograph the panels but find something to make them stand out and present... View Post»

Times photographer Ricardo DeArantanha on assignment

Behind the lens: Ricardo DeArantanha shooting art and architecture

Posted On: 3:01 p.m. | June 21, 2013

When photographing homes, I believe it is important to include family members along with their beloved pets in order to give the space life and warmth. I seldom return to a house a second time, unless I really need a certain picture under better lighting conditions. View Post»

L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl
  • Christina House / For the Times

L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl: a life of contrasts

Posted On: 6:04 p.m. | June 19, 2013

For decades, Rosendahl has opened his doors to people who need help. In the 1970s, he let a group of homeless teenagers stay in his Venice Beach apartment, including a young couple who camped in his walk-in closet. Seventeen years ago, he took in an aging street performer, Swami X, who now receives hospice care under Rosendahl’s watch. They’re a part of the sprawling bohemian universe... View Post»

Paul and Kevin: reflections on five years of marriage in California

Kevin Voecks and Paul Waters: reflecting on five years of marriage in California

Posted On: 3:20 p.m. | June 19, 2013

Paul Waters and Kevin Voecks were married June 17, 2008, among the first couples wed in California after the state Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. Their wedding, organized in just 12 days by Waters, was held on the lot of CBS Studio Center in Studio City and attended by 300 people. They were escorted down the aisle by Waters’ mother, Peggy. Watch the audio slide show... View Post»

Little Saigon turns 25
  • Susannah Kay / Los Angeles Times

Little Saigon turns 25

Posted On: 9:30 p.m. | June 18, 2013

In 1988, a freeway off-ramp sign on the Garden Grove (22) freeway marked the official birth of Little Saigon. Now, as Vietnamese Americans toast 25 years of an enclave once sprinkled with orange groves and strawberry fields – the immigrant community now spans beyond Westminster into Santa Ana, Fountain Valley and beyond. 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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