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Best of Southern California Photography

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This summer, Artbound celebrated its one-year anniversary and finished its second season of programming. Season 2 took our exploration of Southern California's cultural landscape to new heights: from the banks of the Tijuana river to underneath the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, from the vast high desert of the Antelope Valley to the beaches of San Diego. We explored art in museums and scrawled on sidewalks; performances under the stars and in the spotlights onstage. Since January, we've published 225 new articles, produced 14 short documentaries, and broadcast three hour-long television episodes.

Today, we look back at five of this season's memorable articles about Southern California photography. Snapshots tell the stories of our state: prison inmates pose by dreamlike murals, downtown lights dully glow against a chessboard of skyscrapers, Riverside's Eastsiders hold faith in a golden dream. We hope you enjoy these visual slices of life on the West Coast.




A Camera with a Conscience: Documenting Diversity in America

Children have a "Meeting of the Minds" at the Kingsboro Housing Project in Brooklyn in the 1940s. | Photo: Joe Schwartz.

Atascadero photographer Joe Schwartz, whose 100th birthday coincides with his community's centennial, has dedicated his career to documenting America's have-nots.




Liminal Elements: A Shipping Container Becomes a Camera Obscura

Liminal camera on Owens dry lake. | Courtesy of Metabolic Studio.

The "Liminal Camera," housed in a traveling shipping container, is both a one-of-a-kind camera and serves as its own photo processing center and storage facility.




Under the Influence: Michael Miller's L.A. Hip-Hop Photography

Photographer Michael Miller. | Photo by Oliver Wang.

Michael Miller was the go-to lensman for countless album covers and publicity stills during one of California hip-hop's most vibrant eras.




Morgan Maassen's Color of Creativity and Texture of Ambition

Photo: Morgan Maassen.

Photographer and Santa Barbara native Morgan Maassen's career in the surf editorial world is on a meteoric rise.




Sidewalk Stories: The Photography of William Reagh

Angel's Flight, 3rd and Hill, Los Angeles, 1963 | Photo: William Reagh.

Since arriving in L.A. in the 1930s, William Reagh captured a sense of the city's humanity during its most vigorous years of growth and urban renewal.


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Top Photo: Morgan Maassen.

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