Friday, June 6, 2014

Video of the Week: See Ed Ruscha's Hollywood Blvd in 1973 and 2002

Edward Ruscha is an LA art institution.  He chronicled the visual vernacular of LA streets through his photography, especially with his renowned extreme panoramas of continuous Hollywood Boulevard streetscapes captured with car-mounted cameras.

Now you can watch a YouTube video that simultaneously scans the stretch of Hollywood east of Vine Street captured by Ruscha's camera in 1973 and 29 years later in 2002. The more recent changes in Hollywood leave us hoping for another update of the same photo panorama in 2015 or 2020.

Hunter Communications Original News Source:
Curbed Los Angeles

Link to article:

Excerpt: "Los Angeles artist Ed Ruscha's fascination with the 'vernacular architecture' of Los Angeles drove him to exhaustively photograph several of the city's arterial streets over a period of more than 40 years. More than a million of his images are now safely guarded in the Getty's Ed Ruscha Streets of Los Angeles Archives, including many continuous photographs that he took with a car-mounted camera. Two sets of these extended photos—one documenting a stretch of Hollywood Boulevard west of Hollywood and Vine in 1973, the other showing that same stretch in 2002—have been hauled out of the archive and turned into the video below from the National Building Museum. The photos line up exactly, showing where a building was or, in some cases, has been all this time. Frederick's of Hollywood, for example, was selling unmentionables in 2002 in the same building it was back in 1973. Sadly, the video doesn't have any narration or music, but would probably be enhanced by any soundtrack of LA-inspired music from either era."

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