book design

Paris 1963 / Paris 1965

by Melvin Sokolsky

From the gentle floating of the bubble to the whimsical flights of fashion, Paris 1963 / Paris 1965 showcases these two industry-defining projects along with a retrospective of the artist's process and development, including a critical assessment of Sokolsky's achievement by renowned art historian Raphaelle Stopin and reflections on both projects by Sokolsky and Ali MacGraw.

 

Paris 1963 / Paris 1965 is printed in three editions:  Bubble, Fly, and Signature. The Bubble Edition of 100 copies includes the beautiful and charming “Bouquet Seine.”  The Fly Edition, also 100 copies, includes the stunning “Dior Wings.”  Each offers beautiful alternate of one of Sokolsky’s most enduring and iconic image from the Bubble or Fly series in a signed and numbered Silver-Gelatin print, specially sized for this book at 11" x 12.5".  The Signature Edition comprises the remaining 800 copies of the run.

EYE CANDY

by Rankin

Considered a “ubiquitous British creative genius,” Rankin is one of the most sought after commercial photographers working today. Shooting for clients including Dove, Dom Perignon, Special Olympics, H. Stern and British Airways, his talent has provided him with opportunities to cultivate unique relationships with his subjects. Rankin has unparalleled access to some of the world’s most prominent personalities, models and celebrities. His relaxed, somewhat whimsical approach coupled with an edgy fashion sense make his images a powerful and visceral display of femininity. This exhibition features both works that are beautiful and erotic demonstrating Rankin’s eye for catching life’s most intimate moments.

 

“There’s no point in dressing it up, I love women and I love taking photos. It’s more like a fantastic hobby than a job,” says Rankin.

Created Equal (catalogue)

by Mark Laita

Reflecting on his decade-long project, Mark wrote, “At the heart of this collection of portraits is my desire to remind us that we are all equal, until our environment, circumstances or fate molds us and weathers us into whom we become. America’s extremes seem to be getting more severe. ..Created Equal attempts to remind us that we are all connected, no matter how separate our paths may be.”

 

Principle photography was completed over the course of eight years, with each of the lower 48 states represented, Laita intentionally photographed his subjects against a muted backdrop avoiding unwanted influence of background elements.  In describing the project's focus, Laita explains: “By documenting the archetypes from our country’s many diverse cultures, my intention is that this collection becomes some sort of archive of the tragic and wonderful realities of American society.” Created Equal is a thought-provoking presentation that is not only visually appealing but also sheds light on notions of identity, class, and lifestyle.

Say the Word, Vol. 2 (2008)

by The Students of Los Angeles Southwest College

The LASC English Department’s second Say The Word Anthology of student writing contains essays and poetry from winning and honorable mention categories of our annual “Say The Word” essay and poetry contest from Spring 2008. The assigned topic was to write about diversity, and students were encouraged not to oversimplify this traditional topic but rather to “divest” themselves from formulaic responses, and get rid of their habits to approach the topic from an original perspective. They did. But when standard writing forms did not do justice to their ideas, they made up their own—creatively. When academic language did not suit their purposes, they swore—boldly. And when the language to express ideas about a touchy subject didn’t exist, they improvised—bravely. In this anthology are traditional and non-traditional approaches to diversity written in styles as wide-ranging as the subject matter.

 

The Quiché Maya poet Rigoberta Menchú provides a prefect model for the new writer. She articulates well the idea that writing, like fighting, requires skills and tactics, courage and constant change to remain alive; she also reminds us that writing is learning a variety of styles, seeing through others’ eyes, mastering academic techniques if only to challenge their authority. Writers fight, without fear.