Created in 1952 by photographers and writers as “common ground for the advancement of photography,” Aperture today is a multi-platform publisher and center for the photo community. As the Lucie Foundation is always eager to promote the appreciation and understanding of photography, this collaboration is a wonderful addition to our programs to advocate this goal.
For the remainder of the year, House of Lucie will have a curated selection of Aperture books and magazines for sale at the gallery. These photo books include new releases as well as classic photography monographs. This selection also includes many publications from Lucie Honorees.
Please come visit the gallery today to see the wonderful selection we have to offer. They will make wonderful gifts for those who appreciate art and will make great additions to your photography book collections!
Stay tuned for more Aperture / House of Lucie collaborations to come.
In 2000 Fototeka’s founders discovered thousands of Los Angeles Police Department negatives housed in a city warehouse in conditions that made them vulnerable to decay and created a fire hazard. Fototeka was granted unprecedented access to the negatives by the Chief of Police and the City Council, which tasked the gallery with creating an archive of selected images. In keeping with Fototeka’s mission of preserving the archive and making its images available to the public, in 2001 the gallery mounted the first-ever photographic exhibition of Los Angeles Police crime scene photography with the support of then-Councilman Eric Garcetti, along with former Police Chief Bernard Parks.
The images in the Fototeka Collection of Los Angeles Crime Scene Photography on view at the House of Lucie were not originally intended as art. They are crime-scene photographs, shot between 1925 and the 1970s by Los Angeles police officers in the line of duty — as evidence. Through curation and presentation in a gallery setting, they achieve a secondary purpose, offering a real-life window into a world familiar to most present-day viewers through film noir. But in their stillness and their basis in real-life situations, the photographs have a power altogether different than that of film noir, much as did the documentary work of Weegee and Walker Evans.
The drama of circumstance have imbued these black-and-white images with layers of meaning, heartbreak, and even humor the officer-photographers likely did not intend. Some images have become iconic. A wide shot of a bridge over the LA River in rainy season (1955), a body sprawled in the riverbed, while three men in plainclothes talk among themselves has become emblematic of the collection. A smashed-up car in 1929 looks as if it were staged for exhibition. Some of the images show homicide victims; others incidentally capture detectives at work. Virtually all of the negatives are coded by hand by darkroom technicians, whose handwriting styles vary. The old-style furnishings, clothing styles, and automobiles tell us this is of another time; but ironically the violence many of the images relate, after-the-fact, make these people from another era — victims and investigators alike — seem human and real, their noir-ish surroundings an accident of history. Rarely is the presence of a photographer as witness felt so strongly as in these images.
The current exhibition brings together images from Fototeka’s original 2001 exhibit with those of Paris Photo Los Angeles, which was mounted in 2014 at Paramount Pictures Studios. Many of the photographs in this show have not been exhibited in over 15 years.
Steve Hodel is a New York Times bestselling author. He spent twenty-four years with the LAPD, where, as a homicide detective, he worked on more than three hundred murder cases and achieved one of the highest “solve rates” on the force. He is a licensed PI and author and his first book, Black Dahlia Avenger: A Genius for Murder was a New York Times bestseller and was nominated for an MWA Edgar Award in the Best Fact category. Steve has written four additional books: Most Evil, a Los Angeles Times bestseller, Black Dahlia Avenger II, a sequel and an eight-year follow-up to his true-crime investigations and the recently published Most Evil II (Rare Bird Books, 2015). A fifth book, Black Dahlia Avenger III: Murder as a Fine Art, published in November 2018. His investigations, spanning two decades have been featured on NBC Dateline, CBS 48 Hours, Court TV, A&E Bill Kurtis, Cold Case Files, CNN Anderson Cooper, and the Discovery Channel. Steve’s most recently appeared in March 2019 on the Today Show and Dr. Phil where he with other family members discussed the making of the hit podcast, Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia Murder. Steve resides in his hometown of Los Angeles.
These 56 iconic photographs have been produced in editions of 50 signed posters and 450 unsigned posters. Most of the editions are signed on an anti-acid archival label with the edition number on the back, while some of the posters are signed on the front of the poster.
All posters, signed and unsigned, are stamped on the back by the collection. Upon purchase, you will receive the accompanying Certificate of Authenticity with the edition #, print materials, image and signature details as well as our Lucie Editions representative signature.
This program was created with the intention to make iconic photographs by the Lucie Honoree photographers more accessible to aspiring photographers and photo enthusiasts around the world.
View the full collection at https://www.lucies.org/store/
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