Photographer Dana Lixenberg has created a web documentary telling the stories of the Imperial Courts residents over a 22 year period. The project consists of three parts; Portraits, Stories and contributions by the Imperial Courts residents. With a collection of video, audio and photography the project depicts the history, the residents, and the day to day life of what it is like to live in one of America’s most known housing projects.
Imperial Courts is a housing project that was built in 1944 in Watts, Los Angeles on the corner of 116th Street and Imperial Highway. This housing project attracted a predominate African- American population from the southern states of America. Imperial Courts and other surrounding projects soon became the ghetto.
With American history drenched in radical discrimination and social isolation, riots began in Watts in 1992 following the acquittal of four white LAPD officers accused of the trag...
In 1982 Gilles Elie Cohen met the Del Vikings in a vacant lot in the 19 arrondissement of Paris. At the time he was not a professional photographer, but he had taken a strong liking to the band. Spending most of his time with Del Vikings, he followed them to festivals and concerts. At this time Cohen met another Parisian band, the Black Panthers, who had the same ideologies as the Del Vikings.
These bands were heavily influenced by the 1950’s rock’n’roll lifestyle, drawing inspiration from Elvis Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. During this time, many French bands paid tribute to and drew inspiration from old-school rockabilly.
When Cohen met these groups, the Del Vikings and the Black Panthers were still friends. As time went on the two bands turned out to be enemies. Due to differences in rock’n’roll subcultures like style, music, and political view points.
The Del Vikings were “cats”- a roc...
Christer Strömholm (1918-2002) was a well known photographer in Sweden, but was lesser known to the global art world. His work specialized in black and white, realistic portraits. In the 1950’s Strömholm traveled to Paris where he made a deep connection with the trans community. There he spent time photographing his new friends and was welcomed and fully immersed in the culture
His female muses worked as trans prostitutes during the evenings, making their way to save for sexual reassignment surgeries. Strömholm’s subjects were photographed throughout Paris; living their daily lives, to intimate moments with their lovers and customers, and showing off their beloved fashions in traditional 50’s style.
In 1983 Strömholm published a book with the collections of his subjects and their private lives. This collection is an extremely rare item, making even the reprints nearly impossible to find and usually costing several hun...
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