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Pico Boulevard.
One Picture Book Two #24.


Photographs by John Humble.
Nazraeli Press, 2021. 16 pp., 13 four-color illustrations, 6x8½".

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“Pico Boulevard begins in Santa Monica between two luxury beachfront hotels and ends at the Coca-Cola bottling plant at Central Avenue in downtown L.A. Traveling east on Pico Boulevard takes you through the Japanese and Iranian neighborhoods of West Los Angeles to the wealthy, predominantly white neighborhood of Rancho Park. Passing Fox Studios and the Hillcrest Country Club, Pico continues through the upscale business and entertainment center of Century City, the Jewish and Russian neighborhoods of South Robertson, the largely African American and Latino Mid-City District, and Koreatown. It then passes through the mostly lower income area of recent Central American immigrants in the Pico Union district and finally, to the crowded commotion of the Garment District in downtown Los Angeles. In short, Pico Boulevard is a veritable microcosm of Los Angeles.” — John Humble

Brought up in a military family, John Humble spent his childhood moving around the country from one military base to another. Humble was drafted during the Vietnam War, then became a photojournalist for the Washington Post before pursuing a graduate degree at the San Francisco Art Institute. His itinerant nature continued when he traveled the world in the early 1970s, going from Europe to the Middle East, then to Africa and Asia in his Volkswagen van. However, since the summer of 1974 Humble has lived in one place: Los Angeles. In 1979, Humble acquired a 4x5 view camera and began to photograph the Los Angeles that he perceived every day — a Los Angeles that tourists seldom see, and that locals seldom notice.


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