The Walt Disney Concert Hall

The Walt Disney Concert Hall

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High School #9 Auditorium, Coop Himmelb(l)au Architects

High School #9 Auditorium, Coop Himmelb(l)au Architects

Now the Ramon C. Cortines School of the Performing Arts, this school was known as High School #9 when I photographed it for the architects.  Coop Himmelb(l)au has since published a monograph by that name (High School #9) with many of my images included. Any survey of architecture or architectural photography in Los Angeles would be incomplete without photographs of this school. It is one of an ensemble of buildings on or near California Plaza designed by important international architects including the Los Angeles Cathedral, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Broad Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Eli Broad was instrumental in making this building happen, and a strong source of financial support for the project.

The Lolina House, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles

The Lolina House, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles

This newly refurbished home in the Hollywood Hills by Arthur Golding Architects, was originally a common tract home. The new design is clearly a transformation to California modernism with an indoor-outdoor life-style and an open, airy feel to the space. I was sitting on a wall in the swimming pool in order to get the camera low enough to shoot under the table and into the kitchen at the far end. I got soaked, and the owner occupant was kind enough to lend me a dry pair of shorts to wear home.

Annexed Land, Beirut, Lebanon

Annexed Land, Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut has run out of space for development.  To deal with the problem, they have been annexing land claimed from the Mediterranean by building coffer dams to surround a large area of water, pumping it dry and then filling it up. These are roads for a new public park along the new fabricated waterfront, which incidentally, features a half mile seawall designed to stop a tsunami in its tracks. 

Villa, Mount Lebanon

Villa, Mount Lebanon

This villa designed by French architect Raoul Véreny takes its shape and materials from a traditional shepherd's home, with steps on the left going up to the roof where his sheep were kept safe from predators. There were no sheep to be seen. The humble presentiment hides the some four thousand square foot structure behind it– three more levels in modern glass and wood cascading down the mountainside, ending in a flower garden at the top of a cliff with a view of Beirut and the Mediterranean in the distance.

Pacoima Neighborhood City Hall

Pacoima Neighborhood City Hall

The Pacoima Neighborhood City Hall is a community center that holds offices for the city councilman and other city officials, while hosting neighborhood activities and programs. My client wanted to show the casual attitude of the building, and its layout with outdoor space and a modern feel..

U.S.C. Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism

U.S.C. Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism

This image was made from the top of a twelve foot ladder situated on the stairway itself, and held solid by two assistants. Directly to the left, out of the frame, there was a media screen about twenty feet in height and at least eight feet wide. The screen was brightly illuminated, changing background colors from red to blue, to orange to purple. Turning it off, or covering it was not an option, so it was up to me to choose colors. I chose purple, because it mixed well with the natural light coming in from the left wall – thus the lavender spill that pervades the space.

Press Building, Beirut, Lebanon

Press Building, Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, Lebanon

Beirut Exhibition Center, Beirut, Lebanon

Sometimes it's simply the facade and the way it presents itself as an emblem of the building's design that is the most compelling architectural statement for a photograph.

Housing for Syrian Workers, Beirut

Housing for Syrian Workers, Beirut

This picture I wanted for weeks before I had the courage to ask my driver to stop and see if he could get me into a crowd of men who were always on the street, exactly where my camera is here. I was intimidated by them, and didn't want to go on my own. When my driver got back to the car he was smiling: "They said you can take all the pictures you want. They are only on the street because it's a hotspot for the internet, so they come here to check their email and socialize. No problem!

High School #9, Student Commons Area

High School #9, Student Commons Area