I’ve lived in Los Angeles from the age of 2. My family moved to the city from Brooklyn, NY in the spring of 1980 and the first neighborhood we lived in was near Slauson and Van Ness in South Los Angeles. That neighborhood is the backdrop for my earliest memories. Soon we moved to Hollywood and then Mid City before finally settling down on the border of East Hollywood & Koreatown. Anyone familiar with L.A. knows how different the neighborhoods I listed are from each other. The number of ways someone can experience life in Los Angeles is infinite.
Most people have no idea how large L.A. actually is. Simplistic mischaracterizations about what life is like here sound ridiculous to most natives. Neighborhood Studies is a weekly series of photographs documenting life in relatively unknown parts of the city. Over time the goal is to use street photography to stitch together a portrayal of Los Angeles that’s truer to what life is actually like for its residents.