Imperial Courts 1993-2015 by Dana Lixenberg

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Paperback, 296 pages
Publisher: ROMA Publications (October 2015)
ISBN: 9789491843426
Language: English 
Selected by Gerhard Steidl

Gerhard Steidl: “I generally like it when a photographer engages a subject over many years. In this case, the book could hardly be more timely, given the state of race relations in America today.” Dana Lixenberg initially travelled to South Central Los Angeles in 1992 to cover the Rodney King race riots; her gradual and increased engagement with the area, and with its communities – in particular that of the Imperial Courts housing project in Watts – form the basis of this striking and unique monograph.

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Tank _summer 16_books _84Leslie and Ashley, 2013

Tank _summer 16_books _85Left, China(†2009), 1993. Right, Tye, China’s Daughter, 2008


Tank _summer 16_books _86Left, Sa’Marra, Selena’s daughter, 2008. Right, Selena, 1993


Tank _summer 16_books _87Left, Sista, Tony’s mother, 2009. Right, Tony’s Memorial, 2010. All works by Dana Lixenberg and courtesy the artist