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L.A. in Focus - Making Waves: Modernist Photographs by Japanese Americans, Los Angeles, 1920-1940



Saturday, July 13, 2013


2:00pm to 3:00pm


Mark Taper Auditorium




Reservations not required. Doors open 15 minutes prior to the start of the program.


Some of the most progressive art photography made in America was created in the Little Tokyo District of Los Angeles during the 1920s and 1930s by Japanese immigrants. Their work was published and exhibited internationally to considerable acclaim before, tragically, much of it was destroyed or lost during the shameful relocation of Japanese Americans following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Dennis Reed, Emeritus Professor of Art at Los Angeles Valley College, will show examples of photographs made by Japanese Americans in the United States, focusing on modernist works created in Los Angeles. He will also discuss the art scene in early Los Angeles and recount how the lost works were recovered. Members of the artist’s families will be in attendance.

Following the talk, Reed’s new limited edition book, Japanese American Photography: Commemorative Edition will be available for purchasing. The book, which is the first comprehensive collection of their work in more than 25 years, contains essays by both Reed and Colin Westerbeck, formerly the curator of photography at the Art Institute of Chicago. Seventy-seven full-color reproductions are included in this edition, which is limited to 100 copies, each bound by hand, numbered and signed. Presented by Photo Friends.