When someone told me L.A.-based photographer’s Nicholas Alan Cope‘s new book Whitewash “rocks”, I wasn’t expecting clean pages and an almost Yogi-sense of serenity. But then again, this is what Nicholas does—he manages to refine and clear up about pretty much any image. He does this with fashion, with fauna, with butchered chickens. And in Whitewash (Powerhouse Books), he does it with L.A.
“LA is a city of contrasts—the famous and unknown, blinding light and impenetrable shadow, wealth and poverty, massive success and bitter failure,” states the book’s forward. “But beneath this thin veneer of perfection, Los Angeles is a city where the dueling public narratives of glamour and cynicism have inspired the sun-kissed perfection of Aaron Spelling along with the sun-bleached paranoia of David Lynch, the placid malaise of Sofia Coppola and the pulpy violence of Quentin Tarantino, the easy ascension of Pretty Woman and the wrenching sorrow and pain of a fall from grace as depicted in the classic Sunset Boulevard.
“Nicholas Alan Cope’s photographs evoke a unique vision of Los Angeles and its contrasts… Whitewash utilizes the whitest whites, the blackest blacks, and the modern and stark architecture of an idealized future that never arrived to tell the visual story of LA’s uniquely conflicted soul.”
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