Ed Ruscha and Los Angeles.

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There are some insanely cool things about being a reporter. One of them is access — to people, to information, to old artist notebooks. As part of reporting a story about Ed Ruscha and his artist books for NPR, curator John Tain of the Getty Research Institute (GRI) took me into the Institute’s archive and showed me some of Ruscha’s materials. (The GRI holds all of Ruscha’s so-called ‘Streets of Los Angeles’ projects.) We poked around old notebooks and contact sheets. My favorite was the sketch above, which shows how Ruscha executed Every Building on the Sunset Strip. An image which I simply had to snap…

The Getty currently has a show devoted to Ruscha’s early photography. (You’ve got one more week before the show closes!) And my profile of Ruscha is now up at NPR. It includes 1933 Ford pick-ups and vintage audio of the Doors playing at the Whiskey A Go Go. Please tune in!

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