Florence & Normandie
Florence & Normandie, A look at the neighborhoods most affected by the 1992 LA Riots.
We can see the Riots from the street and the sky, but we can't imagine them. Images from the archive show a place inscrutable, impossible; images from today are life as we know it, boring and banal. "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there."
But it's not always been that way for LA. No city has been more loved or more hated. "The ultimate world-historical significance - and oddity - of Los Angeles is that it ... symbolizes both heaven and hell." It is the American dream and nightmare for the rest of the world, both paradise and inferno.
For five days 25 years ago the inferno burned, with thousands of the city's palm trees on fire. What we saw was us, but different. It felt foreign - "I can't believe this is happening on the streets of my American city' - and familiar: Ferguson, Baltimore, Charlottesville; Martin, Garner, Rice. As histories try for storytelling, images go for spectacle. Los Angeles has always promised both.
-Adam Johnston, Spectacle Magazine, Issue X