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Chavez Ravine: 1949

A Los Angeles Story

By Don Normark

8 x 9 in; 144 pp;
85 duotone photos
Hardcover
August 1999
ISBN 9780811825344
ISBN10 0811825345

SKU# 9780811825344

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In 1949, photographer Don Normark walked up into the hills of Los Angeles, looking for a good view. Instead, he found Chvez Ravine, a ramshackle Mexican-American neighborhood tucked away in Elysian Park like a "poor man's Shangri-la." Enchanted, he st...
Chavez Ravine: 1949


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Chavez Ravine: 1949

In 1949, photographer Don Normark walked up into the hills of Los Angeles, looking for a good view. Instead, he found Chvez Ravine, a ramshackle Mexican-American neighborhood tucked away in Elysian Park like a "poor man's Shangri-la." Enchanted, he stayed for a year in this uniquely intact rural community on the city's outskirts. There, Normark photographed a life that, though bowed down by poverty, was lived fully, openly, and joyfully. That ended in 1950, when the residents of Chvez Ravine were forced to abandon their homes to make way for Dodger Stadium. The past 50 years have not erased the memories of the uprooted descendants of Chvez Ravine. This haunting book captures their images, their stories, and their bittersweet memories, reclaiming and celebrating this lost village from a simpler time.

 

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8 x 9 in; 144 pp;
85 duotone photos
Hardcover
August 1999
ISBN 9780811825344
ISBN10 0811825345

Don Normark has had more than ten thousand photographs published in Sunset and other magazines. His award-winning work has been shown at galleries and museums around the US and is found in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, MIT, and the Smithsonian.