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  • Drag queen and burlesque performer Violet Chachki mid–lip sync.
    © SAFI ALIA SHABAIK. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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    Los Angeles Underground

    - Far beyond the polish and respectability of Disney Hall and the Huntington lies a vibrant subculture of performance art, drag nights, and bondage and body modification events. Photographer Safi Alia Shabaik is there to capture it all.
Junzo Jake Ohara, 84, Takeshi Motoyasu, 84, and Eddie Tetsuji Kato, 86, outside Kato’s Monterey Park, California, home in 2013.
PAUL KITAGAKI JR.
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Internment Revisited

Paul Kitagaki Jr., the son of Japanese American Internment Camp internees, tracked down survivors to document their experiences for his book Behind Barbed Wire.

Light-footed clapper rail (Rallus longirostris levipes) photographed at the Chula Vista Nature Center in Chula Vista, California. Status: endangered.
JOEL SARTORE
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Photographer Joel Sartore’s Ark of the Endangered

One man’s effort to photograph 12,000 animal species in captivity includes haunting images of those threatened by extinction.

Mothering Up, Wyoming Range, 2014; Inset: “100 Years 100 Ranchers” (2012).
SCOTT T. BAXTER
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Beauty and Grit on Arizona’s Ranches

Known for his arresting portraits of ranchers and the West, Scott T. Baxter's work is in the collection of several museums — and the Spring 2019 Issue of Alta.

“California Crazy” chronicles the history of some of the state’s more unusual structures, including The Brown Derby in Los Angeles (circa 1930).
JIM HEIMANN PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION
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L.A.’s Playful Architecture

Cultural anthropologist Jim Heimann has collected scores of (mostly bygone) examples of "programmatic architecture" into his book “California Crazy: American Pop Architecture.”

Ramelli calls this “The Terminator View” because "The Terminator" movies 1 and 4 start with this view.
SERGE RAMELLI
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Los Angeles Lens

Serge Ramelli's latest photography book aims his lens on his adopted home of Los Angeles — a city in which this self-taught photographer still hopes to find fame.

COURTESY OF EAST LOS STREETSCAPERS
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Murals Under Siege

Chicano murals up and down the coast of California are in danger of disappearing but a new exhibit at the California Historical Society aims to protect and preserve these large-scale art pieces.

A bongo party the same year at a San Francisco club called Fox and Hounds.
BURT GLINN
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The Beat Goes On

Photographer Burt Glinn captured the previously monochromatic world of the Beat Generation in vibrant color — considerably heightening our appreciation of all levels of the Beats’ Bohemia.