Tuesday, August 25, 2015

10 from 10 Katrina

This weeks marks the 10th anniversary of hurricane Katrina making landfall in New Orleans and Louisiana.
Here are some images I shot from various New Orleans parishes back then.

Photos by Ted Soqui ©
Lower 9th Ward.

Sunrise in the Lower 9th.

The Lower 9th.

Lower 9th.

St. Bernard's Parish.

Church in the Lower 9th.

French Quarter.

The Lower 9th.

Lower 9th.

Lane street in Lakeview.

Friday, August 21, 2015

8 Years Ago

8 years ago I photographed former President Jimmy Carter for the Los Angeles City Beat newspaper.
He was on break from building house for the homeless in South Los Angeles.
He is now 90 years old and about to undergo treatment for brain cancer.
I wish him well.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2007
Humility, humanity, style, and grace personified.

9 Years Ago

Nine years ago I met the women of the Moses family, all four generations of them. Fitting name for a family dislocated by flood. They all grew up in the same family house located inside New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward. 
It was the first anniversary since Hurricane Katrina. It was also the first time they went back the see the land that once held their large house which was destroyed by the levee breaches that flooded most of the city. I just Google Earthed their address, it is still an empty grassy lot. 
They all moved to Texas after the hurricane.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2006
Four generations.

Today's view of their former home.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Hot August

Captain Burnside of Alhambra Fire Engine 71 setting up a water-down at the Lincoln Fire at the Whittier Narrows.
Temperatures remained high in the area during the day, hovering in the low 100's f.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
Scorched Earth.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

116th and Avalon

116th street and Avalon Blvd. in Watts. This is where the Watts Rebellion started 50 years ago.
Amazing to see what has and what has not changed since then.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
116th and Avalon.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Bernie Sanders Visits Los Angeles

Not even $20 dollar parking rates could keep Angelenos away. Senator Bernie Sanders, Democratic candidate for US president, held a rally at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
He drew an estimated 27, 500 people, many of which had to watch and listen to the rally outside due to the arena getting filled to crowd capacity.
Senator Sanders is drawing the largest crowds of any presidential candidate. He is running a populist campaign that won't take donations from the super rich or racist people or causes.
The senator spoke to a very enthusiastic crowd who responded with loud cheers and chants.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2015
This is what democracy looks like.

Senator Sanders.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Hillary Clinton in Los Angeles

Hillary Clinton stopped by LA Trade Tech to speak with home care workers about their jobs and the future of home healthcare.
This was Hillary's first non-fundraising stop in Los Angeles since she announced her candidacy for president.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Petersen Museum Renovation

The Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Blvd. @Fairfax Ave is undergoing a major renovation. Shot this image from my car, of course, as I was driving home.
The new aluminum zebra striping wrap is gonna look awesome, lights will be placed behind it so the building will glow at night.
Stop by the construction site. It's amazing to watch the working piece it together like a giant puzzle.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
Petersen Museum.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Blue Moon

A blue moon rising through some clouds in the skies of Los Angeles.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015

Monsoon Season

The annual monsoonal flow of clouds and rain hit the high desert areas of Southern California.
We rarely get the rain fall in the city, but we always get see to see the amazing clouds that form over the mountains.
This view is from Pico Blvd. in mid-city Los Angeles.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
Mid-city LA.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

New York Hat Store

The former site of the New York Hat Store on Fifth Street in downtown L.A.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Act of Killing

I covered the Safari Hunters Club convention, SCI, held in Reno, Nevada back in January 2004. This is where 1%'ers who are interested in trophy hunting hire guides, buy guns, or plan trophy hunting trips around the world. The convention featured hundreds of taxidermied animals stuffed in strange and quasi natural poses. Several hunting rifles, many costing over 100 thousand dollars were sold.
Most of the participants were Americans including former President George HW Bush.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2004
Stuffed lion.

Hunter and trophy.

Animal heads.

Rest area.



Taxidemy services.

Taxidermied trophies.

$105K hunting rifle.

Monday, July 27, 2015

100 Days

A peace rally calling for the end of gang violence in South Los Angeles was held in Hawthorne, CA. The rally was held in response to a long weekend of gang shootings in South Los Angeles. The hashtag 100days100nights is being circulated in social media by possible warring gangs promising 100 days and 100 nights of violence.
LAPD's South Bureau was put on tactical alert after the shootings. The city of LA is experiencing a rise in violent crimes this year.
The rally was held in the city of Hawthorne due to safety concerns to the rally participants which included several parents of children killed by gang violence in South Los Angeles.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2015
Lone teardrop.

Young man.

Children wearing Let Me Live t-shirts.

Praying for peace in South Los Angeles.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Donald Trump LA Visit

Hundreds of pro and anti Donald Trump supporters held a noisy rally outside the Luxe Hotel on Sunset Blvd. this afternoon. Trump was expected to meet with LA area republicans inside the hotel.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2015




Thursday, July 9, 2015

#BlackLivesMatter Meets With Mayor Garcetti

The mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti finally met with the group #BlackLivesMatter this morning. The group has been dogging the mayor over the last few weeks over the recent unarmed shooting deaths of black LA residents by LAPD officers. The group has camped in front of the mayor's mansion and have chased him around various press conferences to get him to meet with them. #BlackLivesMatter is calling for the firing of LAPD Chief Beck and for serious reform in the way the LAPD's rank and file officers deal with black residents.
Today's meeting was held in private at a church in South L.A. and the press was not allowed to attend. The mayor left the meeting without comment.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015
Closing the door.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

2015 Womens World Cup Champions Visit Los Angeles

Fresh off of their 2015 FIFA World Cup win, the USA National Women's Team stopped by downtown Los Angeles for a celebration rally.
Thousands of soccer fans showed up to see the wonder team and to join in on the celebration rally.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2015
Team photo.

Abby Wambach holding the FIFA trophy.

Soccer fans.

AYSO soccer fans.

Soccer fans.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Photo Workshop on Sat. July 25 in Venice Beach

Workshop information

On Saturday July 25th, we are offering a daylong photo workshop in Venice Beach.

This workshop will be hosted and led by Jonathan Alcorn and Ted Soqui with Nick Ut as our special guest. Between the three of us, we have about 100 years (yep, over a hundred years) of combined photo taking experience. With our workshop, we will motivate and inspire you to improve your photographic vision.
Most of the class time will be spent in the field taking photos and learning. This is a hands-on in the field workshop where you we will show you how to use your camera as a powerful photographic story telling tool.
We will begin the day with a slideshow and instruction on what we will do throughout the day.
Nick Ut will also speak about his photography experiences with a moving slide show, it will inspire you.

We are also adding a outdoor portrait component to the workshop. You will learn to utilize available light, and compose your camera to make wonderful and incredible portraits. This will be fun and good for those who enjoy travel photography.

Bring your portfolio or online address if you would like a private portfolio review of your work.

You got to love this.
We will also have some of Samsung's latest NX mirrorless cameras for you to try out for the day. LaRon Vincent of Samsung USA will be on hand to show you how to use these amazing cameras. 

This class is good for travelers or folks who want to learn to shoot in a photojournalistic style. All abilities are welcome. We enjoy working with all levels of photographers.
Class size will be limited to around 12 people. We will start at 11am and will shoot until dusk, that’s when we get some of the best photos of the day.
The techniques and approaches we will teach you are the exact same ones we use. You will explore some of Venice Beach’s most interesting people and locations with us.
We will cover lots of ground and see some amazing places including the Venice Beach Boardwalk, Venice Skate Park, canals, and the sandy beach by the breakwater. Hopefully by the end of the class, you will be more comfortable in meeting and photographing some of Venice’s most interesting sites and people.
What to bring:

A camera with fully charged batteries. Lots of battery power this is a daylong class.
I prefer using a DSLR type of camera. Digital cameras are good to help us evaluate your progress.
We will be chasing the decisive moment and DSLR style cameras are best for that. Overall, bring your most comfortable camera. Lenses I suggest bringing, a wide-angle 16mm up to 28mm, and a med-telephoto lens. If you have a zoom lens, make sure it covers a wide a semi-telephoto focal length (24-105mm range).
Also a 50mm to 85mm lens for the portrait class.
I like shooting with a longer zoom like a 70-200mm, but any medium zoom will be awesome for this class. 
Leave your flash and tripod at home.
Lots of memory cards for your cameras. We do not delete images during the class.
Hat and sun block. Money for snacks.
Wear very comfortable shoes with rubber sole shoes. Sandals and flip-flops for the end of day, when we walk on the beach.
A small notepad with a pen. Always great to take notes and exchange email address with.
Try using one our mirrorless cameras from Samsung USA

What we will provide:

An incredible guided view of Venice and the environs with two world-class photojournalist as instructors with our special guest, Nick Ut.
Snacks and coffee, tea, or water at the beginning of class.
A delicious lunch meal in Venice Beach.
Entrance fees to any attractions we enter.
We can help with some phone and camera charging, but would prefer if you took care of that before the workshop.


Summer weather. 
It should be warm or even hot during the day. Dress appropriately. We always make the most of what weather we get, that’s part of the class. 
Be prepared with a selection of appropriate clothing for the day. A small jacket or hoodie will be good for sunset time. A hat for during the day is a must.
Sun block is always a good idea.
Venice Beach in July usually is a great time of year.
The early evenings tend to chill down a bit.

How to register:

Send me an email at info@jtaphotoagency.com
Call us at 213-361-4364
The fee is
Include your name and address. Will be able to sign you up over the phone and answer any questions you may have.
If you are flying in from out of town, we can pick you up from the airport.
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Instructor Ted Soqui
Ted Soqui is a Los Angeles based photojournalist with over 35 years of experience.  Most of Ted’s work is editorial based
and his clients range from Bloomberg Philanthropies, LA Weekly, Time Magazine, and television shows like “The Closer” and “Major Crimes.” Ted’s work is also in the permanent collection of the Autry Museum of the West. His work can also be found at the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica. Ted’s photo interest range from US politics, political movements, and wild fires.
Ted's new book "Snap Cackle Pop" is now available on Amazon.com.

Instructor Jonathan Alcorn
Jonathan Alcorn is an editorial photographer with
images routinely published worldwide while working on assignment for Reuters, Getty Images, Bloomberg News, and The New York Times among others.  A highlight for Jonathan was mentoring Alzheimer's patients in a photography
project that documented their daily lives, and then curated the images leading to a successful photo exhibition of their work benefiting the Alzheimer's Association.
In addition to his interest in portraiture and breaking news photography, Jonathan is currently working on a long-term photo project documenting his home base of Venice Beach. He is also a member of Samsung Camera USA's Imagelogger program.

Special guest Nick Ut will be going us

Nick Ut is a photojournalist with the AP. He is best known for photographing a young girl, Kim Phuc, running down a street in Vietnam after a napalm strike on her village by US forces.
The photo was credited in helping to end the war in Vietnam and it won him the Pulitzer Prize in photography. Nick still works in the Los Angeles bureau of the AP and continues to take amazing photos. 

Join us and make some new friends at our class.

Cancellation policy.

Full refund up to 3 weeks before workshop date. Refund for credit towards a future workshop if canceled anytime afterwards.


JTa © 2015

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Protest @ LA Mayors Mansion

Several protestors and homeless rights advocates camped out in front of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's Windsor Square mansion. They called on the mayor to veto two upcoming municipal code revisions that violate the rights of homeless people in Los Angeles. 
The mayor had stated he would not sign the new revisions.

Photo by Ted Soqui © 2015

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Saturday Night Nitro

This spring's Saturday Nitro event ran a complete gamut of emotions for everyone involved. 
There was Mendy Fry emerging again with her Funny Car the Darkside win and setting a PR in speed. 
Joe Walla was there entertaining the fans and race teams. 
Sadly a great driver and stalwart of the sport, "Rapid" Roger Garten of the War Horse Top Fuel Funny Car, died last night from injuries during a wreck at the track. 
May Roger rest in peace.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 2015
Mendy Fry and the Darkside Funny Car.

Big show car with header flames.

High Speed Top Fuel taking the hit.

Nitro Harley trying.

Joe Walla and Da Kingz.

Track worker overcome with emotion after helping to clear the Garten wreck.

Nitro Nick Top Fuel body in the pits after the wreck. Matt Bynum, the driver, was not injured.

Big show funny car taking the hit.