Kodachrome in 3-D
The Stereo Photography of Jack Laxer
August 15 – September 6, 2009
is pleased to announce the exhibition of Ultra-Angeles: Kodachrome
in 3-D, The Stereo Photography of Jack Laxer. An
opening reception honoring the photographer will be held on Saturday,
August 15, from 7-10 pm. The exhibit will be on view through September
Ultra-Angeles features rarely seen images of Southern California's commercial
landscape from 1952-1969 -- a dreamworld of Googie coffee shops, tail-finned
cars, and sleek office towers-- in stunning stereo 3-D and vivid full
Click here to listen to an interview with curator Alan Leib
Laxer Opening Reception Photos
Many notable architects including Paul Williams, William Cody, and the
masters of the Modern California Coffee Shop, Armet & Davis, hired
3-D photographer Jack Laxer to document their newly completed works. Using
a specially adapted Stereo Realist camera, Laxer’s lens revealed
a vivid depth filled world, with a precision and artistry unseen before
or since in the realm of stereo photography.
Julius Shulman, Laxer’s primary subject matter was the ultramodern
architecture of midcentury America. However, unlike Shulman’s famous
black and white 2-D images of private residential oases, Laxer’s
work documented the ultramodern Main Streets of Los Angeles in a pristine
palette of Kodachrome colors with a hyper-exaggerated stereo depth.
progressive subject matter perfectly embodies the spirit of modernism,
both as an artistic movement as well as an everyday reality in postwar
Los Angeles. His amazing views offer a full-color, 3-D glimpse into a
world that no longer exists, even as we drive by it every day.
Guest curator Alan Leib is the Chairman of the Los Angeles Conservancy's
Modern Committee, and one of LA's leading cultural activists. Mr.
Leib has led successful battles to preserve many of LA's most important
modern buildings, and created, co-produced and hosted the Conservancy's
Built by Becket and and 3D-LA events, the latter being
an IMAX theater presentation of Mr. Laxer's Ultra-Angeles era work.
Gallery events are free and open to the public.
CONTACT: Jay Lopez 213.595.7419