CHAVEZ RAVINE: A Los Angeles Story


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A grid of small black-and-white photographs featured in the Photo Album

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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.

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