I have been documenting the small businesses scattered all around the "marginal" neighborhoods of Los Angeles and how they reflect the diversity, culture, energy, creativity and eccentricity of the people who create and work in them.
The fact they are closed on Sundays adds other dimensions of economics and religion and is a mirror to our 24/7 culture of big box stores and shopping malls.
And the light filtering through the old-fashioned burglar bars creates an eerie beauty throwing reflections and shadows on the rainbow of delights just beyond reach — at least on Sundays.
— Mark Indig
This massive volume, a facsimile dating back 50 years, offers for the first time a magnum opus of this photojournalistic legend and father of the photo-essay—from the man's own uncompromising perspective.
The world that Michael Paul Smith has imagined is many things at once: a 1950's utopia, a delicate illusion and a testament to the engrossing power of our fantasies.
A master offering his advice on how to see and connect the world while working within the limits of a camera frame.