132 pages (117 black & white photos)
limited edition of 750 copies
afterword by the photographer in English, German, French, Spanish, and Italian.
Two Spurl Editions postcards are included with every order.
About the author:
John Brian King is a Los Angeles native who graduated with a degree in photography from the California Institute of the Arts. He designed the film titles for over thirty films, including Boogie Nights, Punch-Drunk Love andThe Ring. Most recently, he wrote and directed the feature film Redlands, an examination of creativity and horror in relation to photography.
All photographs © John Brian King — From LAX: Photographs of Los Angeles 1980-84 by John Brian King, published by Spurl Editions.
King was 18 when he started to photograph the arrivals area of LAX airport, the international hub of the city of Los Angeles. With a very strong approach to documentary photography for that time, made by the use of a large flash unit mixed to a wide-angle lens, he was interested in capturing harried travellers, uniformed employees, and vacationers, the humor of these people who were approaching the city.
These photographs are a document of passed times, they show
the past, the big changes the city has gone through in the last thirty years, but
at the same time, they represents a situation that would be quite impossible to
photograph again with this approach, as it exposes the uncomfortable chaos of
airport existence before an era of obligatory surveillance.
The parallelism between LAX and LA brings the viewer to two different states of the city, that at the same time is made by the same people who come and go, who are living their everyday life, far from the imaginary we are used to when we think about Los Angeles. Here this everyday life is the main character of a vanished era.