As a native of East L.A., Gregory Bojorquez has always found inspiration and subject matter in his community. He began photographing the neighborhoods of East L.A. in order to document the reality of the life and death extremes of the streets. This led Bojorquez to create “The Eastsiders,” a photo essay on street happenings and character portraits all framed by the backdrop of East Los Angeles. This stark yet compassionate photo essay caught the attention of L.A. Weekly who began to publish his work. This soon led Bojorquez to publish in various L.A. magazines as well as develop his photography to include celebrity portraits such as Kobe Bryant, Ice Cube, and many other Hollywood entertainers.
“The Sun Rises In The East” exhibit will present two chapters of Bojorquez’s “The Eastsiders” project. One chapter presents photography from 1997 to 2001 which features the seminal image, “Friday Night Party.” The image depicts a tattooed young man who was shot and killed minutes after the photo was snapped, leading Bojorquez on his photographic quest. Bojorquez remarks “I knew that I had to keep capturing the street life around me while I was young in order to keep the spontaneity value alive in the imagery. I did not want to be some outsider with a camera, like many that have documented the east side before me.” (Via Swindle).
“The Sun Rises in the East” will be held in conjunction with the Chaz Bojorquez (no relation to Gregory) exhibition “Graff Since 69″ at 01 Gallery Project Space, 530 S. Hewitt St., Suite 143, Los Angeles, California. The exhibition runs January 31 – March 8, 2009.