Wednesday, April 23, 2014

L.A. Skies at Rick's Caruso's Grove in Los Angeles

"The Grove – Looking West #1" and "The Capitol Records Building"


Now on view at The Grove

The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge

New and Historic Landmarks of Los Angeles

Prints from the Rick Caruso Collection by photographer Jim McHugh

For Paris Photo LA 2014 and continuing as a permanent installation

"Blue Wedge - 8500 Burton Way" and "LAX Theme Building"

"Unique architectural and environmental gems – each with its own unique story to tell. They embody dreams about a sneak peek behind the curtain, the glittering simulacra, unimaginable power and neon riches."

– Joe Lewis, Dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UC Irvine

L.A. Skies 

This series of photographs of Los Angeles by photographer Jim McHugh began in the early 1990s as an homage to Hollywood’s Golden Era, to the noir world of Raymond Chandler, and continuing to the newest landmarks of the city. 

The images span nine decades, beginning with The Orpheum Theatre, built for the vaudeville stage in 1923, and concluding with the dynamically contemporary 8500 Burton Way, which was completed in 2012. 

McHugh’s images of these Los Angeles architectural celebrities fit seamlessly into this newly remodeled space at The Grove. A personal project of developer Rick Caruso, The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge is based conceptually on the famous private supper clubs of old Hollywood, such as Perino’s, La Rue and The Cocoanut Grove at the Ambassador Hotel. The sounds of Sinatra, Billie Holliday and Bing Crosby take you back to another era. Caruso himself is an astute historian of the city. 

Jim McHugh has garnered many awards for his photography and is included in such prominent collections as the Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, and the National Portrait Gallery in London. 

All of the images are captured on 4x5 Polaroid film, a medium that is no longer manufactured, or Fuji Instant 4x5 film, which is no longer available in the United States. Each 23.5” x 18.5” image is printed in an edition of 25 on INNOVA Digital Fine Art Paper. 

The work of Jim McHugh is available through Timothy Yarger Fine Art - Beverly Hills.

With Olivia Penfold, interior designer for the $500,000 remodel of The Whisper Lounge

The Whisper Restaurant and Lounge at The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 931.0202
Sun-Thurs 11:30am-10pm Fri-Sat 11:30am-12 Midnight

Visit The Grove during Paris Photo
Los Angeles 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Let's Get Lost - CBRE Installation

Spring 2014, a collection of images from Let's Get Lost: Polaroids From The Coast  is installed as part of the new global headquarters of commercial real estate giant CBRE. Located on Hope Street, 25 floors above downtown Los Angeles, the Fortune 500 firm's innovative penthouse workplace offers glass walls, no assigned seating and Steel Case iPhone docking conference tables...    An A+ for urban visionary & managing director Lewis Horne.  Lew chose the 12 color photographs of Golden Era Los Angles to celebrate the city's historic architectural past in the midst of such futuristic surroundings. CBRE is committed to architectural preservation.  As observed by curator Joe Lewis, the Orpheum Theatre was at one time the most modern, technologically advanced movie house in the country. Modern is a term dependent  on where you looking from along the time line. ..

 The CBRE collection is curated by Joe Lewis, Dean of the Claire Trevor School of the Arts at U.C. Irvine. 

Prints are available through Timothy Yarger Fine Art, Beverly Hills. 

Lewis Horne,  Managing Director of CBRE,  conducting a meeting at the new, downtown Los Angeles headquarters.

Inaugural reception

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Black and White

Santa Fe Railroad Hospital • Boyle Heights, Los Angeles •  20" x 24" 
The Grove- Los Angeles  ©2013 Jim McHugh

Ramparts #1  - Los Angeles  2 panels  •  54"x 42   •  © 2013 Jim McHugh

3 recent pictures from Los Angeles

Photographing urban landscape is more portraiture than architecture. 

The original Santa Fe Railroad Hospital, a wooden structure originally built in the 1900s, burned to the ground in a terrible fire. Replaced by this poured concrete Deco Modern construction in the 1920s, the building overlooks Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights.  Abandoned for over 20 years, in a changing Los Angeles, it will soon be rehab-ed for residential living. 

The Grove, a much newer construction, holds all the spirit of Golden Era Hollywood. It's owner, Rick Caruso, well aware of the city's architectural legacy  sought to bring that spirit to his groundbreaking development at Fairfax and 3rd. Using black and white Polaroid, this image sets the theater in the company of its earlier Hollywood movie palace relatives like the Orpheum and Chinese theaters. 

The La Bertha is a typical pre-war Los Angeles apartment building, the surrounding palm trees planted in the 1920s. The mood is steeped in Raymond Chandler and Robert Mitchum. The neighborhood, part of the tough LAPD Ramparts Division now rapidly morphs into gentrification. Many buildings like La Bertha are disappearing in favor of luxury condominiums. Affluent K-Town. 

I rarely go out that I don't find something. There is always a new discovery offered up. 

These images are made with a 4x5 Speed Graphic camera.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Shooting with Wally Seawell's Deardorff camera

Prof. Dr. Wulf Herzogenrath - 8x10 Polaroid

Elimu Nelson

I made these portraits of museum curator Dr. Wulf Herzogenrath and actor Elimu Nelson with my prized Deardorff camera, circa 1937. The camera was a gift from silver screen era photographer Wally Seawell. Wally traveled the world photographing such film legends as Gregory Peck, Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor and Betty Davis with this 8x 10 Deardorff. My friend Wally worked as a photographer from the early 1930s until he passed at the age of 90 a few years ago.

 It's a great feeling working with a camera that has such history. It's like BB King's guitar.

Photographing German curator Wulf Herzogenrath in 2012 at The Getty Museum
in Los Angeles with Wally Seawell's Deardorff camera

Friday, May 17, 2013

artMRKT San Francisco 2013

Timothy Yarger Fine Art presents...

Hollywood in Black & White

Selected Polaroid Type 55 photographs of historic Los Angeles architecture made by Jim McHugh between 1993 and 2007.

"Jim McHugh captures Los Angeles 
in a simpler time.  He evokes in these
luminous, elegant photographs the 
Los Angeles of our memories."

– Barbara Isenberg, author of Conversations with Frank Gehry

I’m so pleased that Tim Yarger chose these pictures to exhibit at artMRKT in San Francisco. These particular images were printed by my good friend and master printer Michel Karman, who has printed for the Getty Museum, the Whitney, Centre Pompidou, and the Louvre Museum in Paris. These are unique, hand-made images, all on silver gelatin double-weight paper. The close collaborative relationship between myself and Michel has guided the direction of this project from the very beginning. Michel understood what I saw and made it come to life in his darkroom. Whether digital or silver prints, we have bounced creative ideas off each other for more than 20 years. 
When I'm out there shooting, often in the dark, with my large Speed Graphic and a bucket of sodium sulphate, I can't help but think of the great French photographer Eugène Atget. Like myself, he spent decades capturing the vanishing landscapes of the city where he lived. Early French photography has been a huge influence. I am always looking at the pictures of Nadar, and of course, Gustave Le Gray. 
The images that Tim selected for San Francisco are Los Angeles and Hollywood architectural gems: the El Rey Theatre, Pantages Theatre and Capitol Records, Los Altos Apartments, 4th Street Bridge, The May Company, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Eugène Atget photograph from his turn-of-the-Century work published as Unknown Paris
Gustave Le Gray, architectural photography, circa 1850s France

artMRKT San Francisco 2013 
May 16-19 
Fort Mason Center-Festival Pavillion
Timothy Yarger Fine Art - Booth 219 & 222