To do in LA: Glen E. Friedman's photo show at Shepard Fairey's gallery

Photographer Glen E. Friedman is best known for iconic images that captured the roots of three truly indigenous American pop cultures: skateboarding, American hardcore, and hip hop. Starting tonight, you can see all three represented at Shepard Fairey's (relatively new) gallery, Subliminal Projects, over in the Silverlake/Echo Park area of Los Angeles. Sean Bonner, who has worked with both Shep and Glen (and exhibited their work at a gallery he co-owned), says:

[Glen's] retrospective exhibition Idealist Propaganda will open at Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects gallery. The gallery is located at 1331 W Sunset Blvd and the opening is at 8PM. It’s going to packed so I suggest getting there earlier rather than later if you can. I was there last night and got a sneak preview (as well as to help film and upcoming episode of BoingBoingTV about the show) and it’s breathtaking. Trust me, you don’t want to miss seeing all these photos in person.
I second that, and if anyone wants to make me really happy this holiday? Buy me like one of every print there, please. I cannot WAIT to share the BBtv episode(s) with you all. I don't want to spoil anything, so I'll stop there. But they're gonna be pretty special, and it was an honor and a total kick to tape them (thanks again, Glen, Shepard, and Sean).

More info: Glen E Friedman at Subliminal Projects this weekend (Los Angeles Metblogs).

Also: Several books of Glen E. Friedman's photography are available, and make killer holiday gifts.

PHOTO: Joseph "DJ Run" Simmons, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, and Jason "Jam-Master Jay" Mizell, collectively known as RUN-DMC. Photographed by Glen E. Friedman in 1985. This image is in the Idealist show, and it's one of my favorites. Mizell was murdered in 2002. To date no one has been prosecuted for his death, despite much evidence and a room full of eyewitnesses.


  1. Glen was probably my biggest inspiration to start taking photos. I have been lucky enough to meet him and once in a while I will send him some images and his criticism has been extremely helpful in my work.

  2. I remember reading about the Jay Mizell murder several years ago and if I am not mistaken he was killed over his track shoes or some similarly heinous reason. How fucked up is that. Well, here is a tribute to RunDMC, you guys were the bomb.

  3. @#3: Wolfiesma, I came here to post that link but you beat me to it. :-)

    At the risk of sounding naively foolish and sentimental, today I feel we stand on the eve of great possibility, not just of economic progress or technological prowess but at the brink of possibility of tolerance, acceptance and peace between us, regardless of our differences. May it be so.

    But, in the interim, black, white, Democrat, Republican, Christian, Muslim, red, blue, rock fan, rap star, heed Wofiesma’s advice and Walk This Way. :-)

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