Don Normark Exhibit Features Photographs of Chavez Ravine Before Dodger Stadium
|Workman returning to his home in La Loma, Chavez Ravine, Los Angeles, 1949.|
Photographer Don Normark was present in 1949 with camera in hand to document the neighborhood on the eve of uprooting evictions by the city of Los Angeles. The controversial clearing out of the community allowing for the eventual construction of the baseball park still conjures up bitter memories for those who lived through the experience.
The images captured by the photographer that year were recently featured as part of the PBS Independent Lens documentary Chavez Ravine: A Los Angeles Story. Tonight they are set to be on exhibit as part of the Don Normark: A Retrospective opening reception at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center. The man himself will be present at the event to speak about three of his most important works, including selections from his time with Sunset magazine, that look back over the decades of his career.
|Catarina Lopez in the gardens with corn leaves for making tamales.|
The more things change...
Don Normark: A Retrospective opens tonight at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center, 1201 West Malvern Avenue, Fullerton, 7 p.m. Suggested donation.