This is a job from USC/Dornsife College Mag that just came out. I was hired to photograph various aspects of the city of Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley for a story USC was doing on an environmental justice program (PERE) in the Dornsife College at USC.
Pacoima was listed as a “Toxic hotspot” community, where air pollution levels regularly exceed safety standards recommended by the state, along with five other lower income, mostly Hispanic communities. Maria Guzman (portrait) volunteered to monitor air pollution levels in Pacoima for PERE. The city is bordered on three sides by the 210, 5 and 118 freeways, while countless industrial businesses, auto shops and recycling plants line the streets. My job was to find the line where the urban and suburban meet and are forced to coexist.
One of the best assignments of the few I’ve had so far. It was also amazing that they requested I shoot film for the project, after seeing my series on my hometown. I spent about 5 days cruising Pacoima morning - afternoon. DREAM JOB
Pacific Standard Magazine
Have a nice spread in the September/October issue of Pacific Standard Magazine of a photo from a personal project following the Hye Riders, an Armenian MC based in Pasadena. I was riding in the sidecar of one of the members Harley’s going down Hollywood Blvd. for this photo. Amazing day. I sent my work to the CD at PS Mag and he replied saying he would like to use of my photos for this section where they break down a photograph. So happy with how it turned out.