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Ex-D.A. Garcetti exhibits shots

Free show at College of the Canyons Art Gallery

Posted: November 27, 2008 5:47 p.m.
Updated: November 28, 2008 4:30 a.m.

In Los Angeles, Gil Garcetti's name is often associated with politics and cracking down on crime.

But what many don't know about the former Los Angeles County District Attorney is that he is also a critically acclaimed urban photographer.

Named one of the country's four master photographers by American Photo magazine in 2003, Garcetti will exhibit his photography at the College of the Canyons Art Gallery from Dec. 1 to Dec. 16.

"These are sophisticated and yet completely accessible images," said Larry Hurst, director of the college's art gallery.

"Mr. Garcetti demonstrates compassion and respect with these beautiful photographs," Hurst said.

Garcetti has exhibited his photography nationwide and internationally, including at the United Nations, National Building Museum, the UCLA Fowler Museum, the University of Southern California School of Architecture and the Millennium Art Museum in Beijing.

Garcetti has published five photo books: "Iron" (Balcony Press, 2002) celebrates the contributions of ironworkers to the construction of the Walt Disney Concert Hall; "Frozen Music" (Balcony Press, 2003) is a portfolio of 45 panorama lithographs of the finished Walt Disney Concert Hall; "Dance in Cuba" (Balcony Press, 2005) illustrates the extraordinary spirit of the Cuban people through dance; "The Closer" (Balcony Press, 2006) demonstrates what it takes to put a successful television show on the air (Garcetti is the show's consulting producer); and his most recent book "Water is Key" (Balcony Press, 2007) focuses on the dire need to bring clean water to the people of West Africa.

Garcetti will be at the COC Art Gallery from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 4, for a free discussion and book signing.

The gallery is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Visitors unable to attend during these hours are welcome to call the gallery at (661) 362-3612 to make an appointment for a more convenient time slot.


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