Mark Swope: The Los Angeles River
The gallery will present an exhibition of photographs of the Los Angeles River by Mark Swope. The son of noted TIME photographer John Swope, the younger Swope is a native Angeleno who has developed a keen sense of place in his photographic work. Swope’s interest in a paved urban river that has become “unincorporated, dormant and desolate” reflects an aesthetic and theoretical approach associated with the New Topographic photographers such as Robert Adams and Lewis Baltz. Writing about this work for the Natural Resources Defense Council, Daniel Hinerfeld has observed that the photographs appear to make “no attempt to glorify the river.... In some of his photographs the river is barely noticeable amidst the urban tumult. In others, the river shares the frame equally with the conduits of our industrial age: freeways, train tracks and high-tension wires.” A portion of the proceeds from this exhibition will benefit the NRDC.