In 1949, photographer Don Normark captured the black-and-white photographs that would later be featured in CHAVEZ RAVINE: A Los Angeles Story, as well as in his book Chávez Ravine, 1949. Unknowingly at the time, Normark’s portraits of Chavez Ravine’s residents illustrated a community whose days were numbered. Within a few years, the close-knit village would disappear, replaced by a new Dodger Stadium.
From children playing in the open hills to multi-generational families mingling with neighbors, Normark’s photographs illustrate daily life in a lost community.
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Music excerpt from the CHAVEZ RAVINE original score by Ry Cooder.
Photos courtesy of Don Normark.