On the evening of September 16, 2016, Boyle Heights residents and activists organized a protest during an art reception at Museum as Retail Space Mars, a gallery located in the East side neighborhood of Boyle Heights. The protest was to confront gentrification in the neighborhood and link them to the violence that has harmed the community. The protest was organized by an alliance of local activists and community groups such as Union de Vecinos, the Los Angeles Tenants Union, Defend Boyle Heights, and Boyle Heights Alliance Against Art-Washing and Displacement.
Iconic photographer/director Estevan Oriol releases a follow-up to his cornerstone LA Woman book: Portraiture of Los Angeles Volume 1. The release of Oriol's first published book, LA Woman (2009), caught fans and followers by surprise. Capturing the women of Los Angeles in their most confronting, gritty environments it was not the subject matter he was most well-known for. It established Estevan Oriol as the king of female street photography, cementing his reputation as Los Angeles' most respected street photographer. LA Woman was a smash hit, selling out globally in a very short time. Portraiture of Los Angeles Volume 1 is the next compelling installment of Oriol's work to date. This series will comprise hundreds of photos documenting the most amazing, real L.A street life the public has ever witnessed, from the lense of its originator Estevan Oriol.Read More