Documentary Landscape | Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin

What is The Los Angeles Recordings?

The Los Angeles Recordings is a comprehensive, long term photographic study of the rapidly changing urban landscape. For the past 2 years I have been documenting the effects of gentrification, redevelopment, and demographic shifts on the urban landscape of specific neighborhoods in the city. The goal is to present a portrait of the city that reflects the lives of people that actually live in Los Angeles as opposed to the glossy, fictional version that dominates the mainstream narrative.

The unembellished, straightforward nature of the photographs reflect the understated beauty of the neighborhoods being documented. From an outside perspective some may see only vacant lots and other signs of urban decay but it is important to take a more critical look at these areas. My experiences growing up on the streets of L.A. inform every aspect of my work. Living in the city for the majority of my life enables me to not only document it’s transformation, but to provide insight into the impact these changes have had on the city as a whole.

Los Angeles is a collection of incredibly diverse neighborhoods. They can be located directly next to one another and have a completely different culture and atmosphere. Migration patterns, proximity to support services, and cost of living play an enormous role in the topographic composition of an area. As the cycle of gentrification accelerates, spaces that reflect the lives of those that occupy them are being demolished in exchange for generic structures that cater to the affluent.

Exhibitions, Awards, & Presentations

Lucie Foundation
2017 Emerging Artist Scholarship Shortlist

All City: A Photographic Portrait of Los Angeles
January 13th, 2017 - January 31st, 2017
Espacio 1839
1839 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Songs of My People: 25 Years Later
February 6th, 2017 - March 3rd, 2017
Gallery 102
801 22nd St. NW Washington DC 20052

The Photographer's Eye: North of the 101
February 15th, 2017
Los Angeles Central Library
Presentation in Meeting Room A