Alta California
19 December 2018


Alta California (Upper California) takes its name from a segment of the Spanish Empire’s “Las Californias” that comprised a vast swath of today’s western United States. The project opens up a conversation about race, land ownership, immigration, family values, and Upper California’s original Latino/Latinx roots. Alta California will study the streets of modern-day LA, primarily in Los Angeles County’s most prominent Hispanic neighborhoods: East LA, Northeast LA, DTLA, and the San Fernando Valley. As waves of gentrification sweep the city, these neighborhoods are threatened with the loss of their “Californias” heritage. The Age Of Trump has seen unprecedented cultural skepticism, but Alta California promotes understanding through portraits and street photographs of everyday life, documenting the disappearing “locals” in LA’s Spanish-speaking meccas. ☗

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