Rolling Stone & Harley Davidson come together to show the thriving food and nightlife scene currently happening in Downtown Los Angeles. Focusing on the multi-cultural aspect of Los Angeles, writer David Amsden journeys across the city looking for some of the best spots the town has to offer. Here's a look into some of those spots as well as a glimpse into a one of a kind Harley Davidson motorcycle. Original articles can be found here and here.
Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival, the L.A. music festival started by artist Tyler the Creator, comes back for it's 6th year highlighting the music of emerging artists as well as some of Tyler's favorite current acts. Here's a recap of the musical acts, the crowds and the scene that packed the grounds of Exposition Park for an entire weekend. Story photographed for Vice/Noisey.
The Women's March was a worldwide protest which happened on January 21, 2017. Although the protests were aimed at the incoming Donald Trump presidency it also focused on various issues such as women's rights, immigration reform, racial equality and LGBTQ rights. Over 350,000 people protested on the streets of Los Angeles joining other American cities in making it the largest single-day protest in U.S. history. Here are some of the moments that turned this event into such a historic day.
KCON, a Korean culture and music festival, arrives in Los Angeles just as the K-Pop music scene is growing in the U.S. and exploding in other parts of the world. The festival shows that Western audiences are not only interested in the music but also in the Korean culture in general. Here's a recap of the festival which features musical talent but also an insight into Korean pop culture and the crowds that embrace it. Story originally photographed for Rolling Stone.
Neymar, one of the biggest and most popular football athletes in the world, arrives in Los Angeles for the opening of the Nike East L.A. store. We follow him for a day across the city as he connects with his massive fan base who hope to catch a glimpse of the Brazilian superstar. Story originally photographed for the The Player's Tribune.
Toronto Raptor & NBA All-Star DeMar DeRozan returns to his childhood community of Compton, California where he hosts youth basketball camps. By reaching out to the younger kids he hopes to give them positive options in their lives as well as help change the city's reputation of crime and violence. Story originally photographed for ESPN's The Undefeated where he's also interviewed by longtime sports writer Marc J. Spears.
After 7 seasons at Comedy Central, the cast and crew of Workaholics end their long-running comedy show. Introducing the talents of Adam Devine, Anders Holm & Blake Anderson as well as co-creator Kyle Newacheck, the show centers on a group of slackers working at a telemarketing company in Rancho Cucamonga, California. Here's a look at the final day of shooting. Story originally photographed for Rolling Stone.
NBA legend Paul Pierce prepares to play his last Christmas game during his 19th and final season. Although he mostly played for the Boston Celtics, he finishes his career close to home by playing for the L.A. Clippers. On this Christmas date, he'll play against his favorite childhood team while growing up in Inglewood, California - the L.A. Lakers. Here's a behind-the-scenes look at the process and preparation leading up to the game. Story originally photographed for The Player's Tribune.
World-class gymnasts Madison Kocian & Kyla Ross begin their freshman year at UCLA, becoming the first ever Olympic gold medalists to compete in collegiate gymnastics. Here's a look at their lives as they start their first year in college. Story originally photographed for The Player's Tribune with captions provided by Madison Kocian & Kyla Ross.
RUN THE JEWELS: ON TOUR WITH RAP'S REIGNING BRAGMASTERS
Hip hop duo Run The Jewels, made up of Killer Mike & El-P, arrives in San Francisco for Treasure Island Fest. See behind-the-scenes photos as they gear up for their performance as well as reunite with both new and old friends. Captions provided by none other than RTJ themselves. Story originally photographed for Rolling Stone.
Fandango Fronterizo is a celebration that takes place near the U.S./Mexico border in San Diego at a heavily patrolled area known as “Friendship Park”. The musical event is meant to connect people and families separated by the unjust and cruel divisions created by immigration laws and physical borders. Here is a look at the event which aims to bridge the divide and connect families that may not otherwise have the chance to see their loved ones. Story originally photographed for The New York Times.
Scott Lane’s life looks and feels a lot like the movie Nightcrawler. He’s a freelance news cameraman who documents car crashes, fires, deaths and shootings across the city of Los Angeles. Under the name Loudlabs News, he sells his often grisly night-time footage to news stations, completely running the whole operation out of his car. Here's a look at his line of work and the process he uses to document a darker side of the city. Originally published in Vice.
The world of Mexican wrestling, known as Lucha Libre, is filled with colorful and mysterious characters. They usually hide behind masks, giving the audience a glimpse of what it’s like to be a superhero. In this world, average people become larger-than-life personas. One of these people is a wrestler known as Piñatita, a regular fixture and a fan favorite in the Los Angeles’ luchador scene. What sets him apart and often highlights him is the fact that he’s a mini-luchador - a little person wrestler - entrenched in a world that often glorifies size and strength. Here's a look at what his life is like inside and outside of the ring. Story photographed for Vice.
Photo project detailing the making of Steve Aoki’s music video “Darker Than Blood” where he collaborated with Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda. Story photographed in Pasadena, California and originally published in Rolling Stone.
This story was photographed during the Los Angeles protests surrounding the death of Mike Brown, an 18-year old African-American living in Ferguson, Missouri. Photographed in the span of three nights, the story is meant to offer a glimpse into both the tensions and conflicts which erupted after the grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.
Tinashe, a Los Angeles-born singer and musician, returns to her hometown after a long tour. Here we get a behind-the-scenes look at her triumphant return at the El Rey and to a city she calls home. Story originally photographed for Rolling Stone.
JR a renowned French photographer and social activist, arrives in Los Angeles California for his Wrinkles of the City campaign. This multiple mural project highlights the elderly community living in the urban environment. JR’s campaign is one of many he has fostered through out the world after having won the TED Talk prize back in 2011. Here we get a glimpse at his creative process and effort that goes into one of his social & cultural campaigns.
In the heart of a rural small town in middle America, Sheriff Rodney W. Herring stands guard over the County of Grundy, Missouri. A sense of community, a strong work ethic and a desire for fairness are his core values. Being on call day and night, the badge never truly comes off, but he loves his job, the responsibilities that come with it and the family that helps him get through each day. His goal is to protect his community and leave a legacy of justice in Grundy County. Story originally photographed during the Missouri Photo Workshop #65 in Trenton, Missouri.