Anthony Hernandez


Published to accompany the first Anthony Hernandez retrospective, this catalogue is the definitive exploration of this contemporary poet of the urban landscape.


ISBN: 9781942884019 Category:

Ralph Rugoff, Lewis Baltz, With Anthony Hernandez


Since the early 1970s, when he hit the streets of Los Angeles with a 35mm camera and the basic technical knowledge he had acquired in darkroom classes at East Los Angeles College, photographer Anthony Hernandez has consistently challenged himself by adopting new formats and subject matter. Moving from black-and-white to colour, from 35mm to large-format cameras and from the human figure to landscapes to abstracted detail, Hernandez has produced a varied body of work united by its arresting formal beauty and subtle engagement with social issues. At first largely unaware of the formal traditions of the medium, Hernandez developed a style of street photography uniquely attuned to the desolate beauty and sprawling expanses of L.A. Published to accompany the photographer’s first retrospective, Anthony Hernandez offers a comprehensive introduction to Hernandez’s career of more than forty years, including many photographs that have never before been exhibited or published. The catalogue fully represents the range and breadth of Hernandez’s work, with an extensive plate section sequenced in collaboration with the photographer.

Additional information

Weight 1852 g
Dimensions 26.1 x 28.6 cm
Publisher name Distributed Art Publishers, Inc.
Publication date 15 February 2017
Number of pages 280
Format Hardback
Contributors Introduction by Robert Adams, Text by Erin O'Toole
Dimensions 26.1 x 28.6 cm
Weight 1852 g


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The child of Mexican immigrants, Anthony Hernandez (born 1947) grew up in a Los Angeles far removed from the idealized Hollywood image of the city. Hernandez's world - the world his photographs capture - was punctuated by bus stops, spare parts lots and miles of urban wasteland. Recently, Hernandez has explored a more abstract style and turned his lens on other landscapes, including Oakland in the Bay Area. His current work is once again focused on Los Angeles, and reflects his deep engagement with the city that has been his most enduring subject.