Book Club For Preserving Los Angeles Book

Book Club Event August 17th, 2021...

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“Preserving Los Angeles" BOOK CLUB hosted by CPF
Aug 17 @ Noon
Join author, Ken Bernstein and photographer Stephen Schafer as they discuss Preserving Los Angeles: How Historic Places Can Transform America's Cities. We'll be hosting a trivia quiz to challenge our audience with your knowledge of historic Los Angeles!

Los Angeles has a diverse collection of historic resources, reflecting both the legacy of notable architects and the variety of its inhabitants. The city has broken new ground in its approach to historic preservation, identifying and protecting the places of social and cultural meaning. Preserving Los Angeles illuminates a Los Angeles that may surprise even longtime Angelenos—highlighting dozens of lesser-known buildings, neighborhoods, and places in every corner of the city. Preserving Los Angeles is an authoritative chronicle of urban transformation, a guide for citizens and urban practitioners alike who hope to preserve the unique culture of their own cities. Bernstein’s informative text is richly illustrated with more than 300 full-color images by Schafer, a nationally acclaimed architectural photographer.

Join the CPF team as they explore this ground-breaking book, and hear some 'insider' insight into capturing and communicating the little-known corners of some of California's most unique and insightful historic places. We will end the program with a discussion and Q&A. You can purchase a copy of the book from Angel City Press and other established retailers. Check out our registration page for this event for more information about Ken and Stephen.

 

 


Architecture Photo Workshop with Stephen Schafer- October 2021

I'm teaching my in-person architecture workshop on October 17th, 2021 at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP):

Architecture on Location with Stephen Schafer
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Mastering architecture photography is a complex yet rewarding process. Like people, buildings have their best side, and choosing your perspective, composition and camera placement for both interiors and exteriors will be a focus. In this workshop we will examine the intricate relationship between architectural design, natural light and the weather, and explain approaches to artificial and natural lighting...

LACP Architecture Photography Class October 17, 2021 (In the evening so we can do a HERO twilight photo in Culver City.)

 

 

www.HABS.photo
Stephen Schafer, Photographer
Ventura, California
805-652-1000
schaf@west.net

 

 

 


LA County Hospital HABS photography by Stephen Schafer.

Perfect light... here's a Los Angeles HABS project just transmitted to the Historic American Buildings Survey for the Library of Congress this week. HABS-CA-2952-B.

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HABS-CA-2952-B-2 a vertical view of the front facade of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner Coroner Building

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner Building is part of the LAC+USC Medical Center campus in Lincoln Heights. This spectacular building was the original LA County hospital – built in 1878 – it later became affiliated with the University of Southern California School of Medicine in 1885.

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HABS-CA-2952-B-1 a horizontal view of the front facade of the 1878 Los Angeles County Hospital building

In 1878 the Los Angeles Hospital had 100 beds and 6 staff members, the main hospital administration building at 1104 North Mission Rd. is now used by the County Medical Examiner-Coroner. I was working on a documentation of the LAC+USC Women's and Children's Hospital next door when I saw the light on this building from the middle floor of the adjacent parking garage, I just couldn't resist.

 

Stephen Schafer, Photographer
Ventura, California
805-652-1000
schaf@west.net
 
 
 
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Preserving Los Angeles Book

 

The book Preserving LA by Ken Bernstein (with photos by me) will be delivered to book stores in April 2021.  See below for the publisher's blurb and website to pre-order.

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Preserving LA Book by Ken Bernstein

Preserving Los Angeles – How Historic Places Can Transform America's Cities – A book by author Ken Bernstein, photographed by Stephen Schafer.

Los Angeles has developed one of the most successful historic preservation programs in the nation, culminating with the completion of the nation’s most ambitious citywide survey of historic resources. Across the city, historic preservation is now transforming Los Angeles, while also pointing the way for other cities to use preservation to revitalize their neighborhoods and build community. Preserving Los Angeles: How Historic Places Can Transform America's Cities, written by Ken Bernstein, who oversees Los Angeles’s Office of Historic Resources, tells this under-appreciated L.A. story: how historic preservation has revived neighborhoods, created a Downtown renaissance, and guided the future of the city. With more than 300 full-color images, Preserving Los Angeles is an authoritative chronicle of urban transformation, a guide for citizens and urban practitioners alike who hope to preserve the unique culture of their own cities. 

Younger than many American cities, Los Angeles has a remarkable collection of architectural resources in all styles, reflecting the legacy of notable architects from the past 150 years. As one of the most diverse cities in the world, Los Angeles is breaking new ground in its approach to historic preservation, extending beyond the preservation of significant architecture, to identifying and protecting the places of social and cultural meaning to Los Angeles’s communities. Preserving Los Angelesilluminates a Los Angeles that will surprise even longtime Angelenos—highlighting dozens of lesser-known buildings, neighborhoods, and places in every corner of the city that have been “found” by SurveyLA, the first-ever city-wide survey of Los Angeles’s historic resources. The text is richly illustrated through images by a prominent architectural photographer, Stephen Schafer. The photography-heavy appendix devoted to SurveyLA, can serve as a field guide to hundreds of the city’s most notable locations.

  • 256 pages
  • 300+ images
  • 9"h x 9"w
  • hardcover; ISBN 978-1-62640-075-7; $50.00

This book will be published April 20, 2021. Order at Angel City Press:

https://www.angelcitypress.com/products/prla

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The photography trips mapped on Google Maps.

The book release was originally planned for late 2020 but some minor Covid-19 delays impacted my ability to travel freely into Los Angeles to take the more than 400 photographs of historic places and SurveyLA discoveries, but I have seen the proofs and the book looks pretty terrific, worth the wait and the extra trips to LA.

 

-Stephen Schafer

www.HABSPHOTO.com

 


Using Online Aerial Maps for Photo Scouting, Preservation and HABS/HAER/HALS

Yesterday I did a fast paced webinar ("Lunchinar") with Jon Haeber for the California Preservation Foundation that is now live on their YouTube channel here:

YouTube.com/watch?v=qhuBZRFMoYM

It was a fun lunch with Jon covering Google Maps & Streetview plus Bing Bird's Eye, DIY smart-phone 360º photos, CAL-TOPO, online Sanborns, historic USGS maps, GIS, Apple Maps, Google Earth and even a little drone 3D imaging. These are useful as scouting tools for photographers and for historic research for historians.

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California Preservation Foundation Webinar

I use these techniques and online programs to scout and scope my HABS HAER and HALS photography and I used it to plan the routes for photographing the book PRESERVING LOS ANGELES with author Ken Bernstein (available in Spring 2021, Angel City Press).

Check out this fun video for great tips on researching historic sites, preservation advocacy, and photography-related data gathering. I was talkin' fast to fit all the diverse subjects into 40 minutes, with lots of examples (get the links mentioned in the YouTube show notes) and remember, you can always rewind or slow me down to 75%-speed in the YouTube video playback settings.

There are a bunch of preservation and documentation related videos on the CPF YouTube channel available for free here: https://www.youtube.com/user/calpreservation/videos

Cheers,

Stephen Schafer

HABS HAER HALS photographer based in Southern California  www.HABS.photo


Nomination Photographs for the Watts Coffee House and Mafundi Center

On November 5th, 2020 – during the Covid 19 pandemic – I volunteered for a day of documentation photography in Watts to support the nomination of the Watts Happening Cultural Center and the Mafundi Mural located at East 103rd Street in Los Angeles. It was a sunny day working with Rita Cofield and the staff at the WHCC. We were filmed by Parker Collins, a reporter from Spectrum News 1, who did a nice story about Rita and the significance of the Mafundi Center in Watts history. Here's a link to the new story and some of the nomination photographs from the Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument application. (The Mafundi building also is featured in the Preserving Los Angeles book section on SurveyLA).

https://spectrumnews1.com/ca/la-west/human-interest/2020/11/11/watts-native-pushes-to-preserve-cultural-center

Here are some of the nomination photographs of the building. From Rita's report: "The Watts Happening Cultural Center was built by Black architect Arthur Silvers. Silvers was born and raised in South Los Angeles just outside of Watts with his family. He moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico and returned to Los Angeles in 2007. He attended the University of Southern California School of Architecture and was a member of Scarab (Architecture Fraternity)."

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Watts Cultural Center East 103rd Street and Wilmington Avenue, Los Angeles.
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Mafundi Mural in Watts by Elliot Pinkney
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Watts Cultural Center
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Watts Coffee House
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Watts Cultural Center multi purpose room/gym
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Watts Cultural Center and Mafundi Mural wide context view.
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Watts Cultural Center entry foyer
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Watts Cultural Center rear

 

I'm Looking forward to the Watts Cultural Center and Mafundi Mural becoming a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument in 2021, and I'm glad I was able to be a part of the HCM nomination.

 

Stephen Schafer, Photographer
Ventura, California
805-652-1000
schaf@west.net

 

 


December 2020 Architecture Photography Online Workshop

I'm teaching my architecture workshop on December 13th, 2020 at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP):

Stephen-Schafer-LACP Architecture Photography Workshop

Mastering architecture photography is a complex yet rewarding process. Like people, buildings have their best side, and choosing your perspective, composition and camera placement for both interiors and exteriors will be a focus. In this workshop we will examine the intricate relationship between architectural design, natural light and the weather, and explain approaches to artificial and natural lighting... LINK HERE: https://lacphoto.org/events/architecture-on-location-with-stephen-schafer-2020/

LACP Architecture Photography Class 2020

 
 
Stephen Schafer, Photographer
Ventura, California
805-652-1000
schaf@west.net

Preserving Los Angeles

This is what I did in my summer vacation:

Cover of the Book: Preserving Los Angeles: How Historic Places Can Transform America's Cities
Cover of the Book: Preserving Los Angeles: How Historic Places Can Transform America's Cities. Written by Ken Bernstein with photography by Stephen Schafer.
 
Preserving Los angeles pre-order
Amazon Pre-Order Page LINK
 

For more, take a look at my website.

Stephen Schafer, Photographer
Ventura, California
805-652-1000
schaf@west.net