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Anthony Hernandez Highlights Everyday L.A.

It can be said that photographer Anthony Hernandez has a "street-level" view of Los Angeles. He captures everyday life in the city, often buried beneath perceptions of the glitz and glamour of red carpets and Hollywood stars. Hernandez's work represents local L.A. — his L.A.


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Anthony Hernandez Highlights Everyday L.A.


Born in Los Angeles in 1947, Hernandez began his career in the late 1960s with no formal artistic training. He hit the city sidewalks with a pre-focused 35mm camera, searching for subjects to represent the urban character of his hometown. Thus began a career of "street photography."

The Vancouver Art Gallery is hosting an exhibit that guides visitors through 70 photographs encompassing Hernandez's work from 1970 to 1984.

"His work captures the alienated and the unexplored locals of LA beyond the cliche glamour of Hollywood to tell greater truths about urban life," Vancouver Art Gallery director Kathleen Bartels said in a release.

Hernandez eventually moved from a small 35mm Leica, which allowed him to take quick, reflexive photographs, to a large-format camera and tripod in the late 1970s and early '80s. With this setup, he mostly focused on transitional spaces throughout the urban landscape, photographing people in public transit areas, public use areas, public fishing areas and automotive landscapes.

The self-titled exhibit runs until Sept. 7. To learn more, check out the exhibition Web site.

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