Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Venetians '93

These images were photographed 23 years ago in the community of Oakwood/Venice, CA. It was one year after the L.A. riots and the area was undergoing a sea-change. The L.A.Weekly sent writer Jill Sharer and me to do a report on the area. The area was under siege by gangs, drugs, police, and rich gentrifiers. In the middle of it all was an amazing vibrant community. Here a small selection of images from then.
Wondering who stayed and where are they now.

Photos by Ted Soqui © 1993

An Oakwood Allstar Little Leaguer.

Young boy holding a dying sparrow.

Basketball on a Oakwood street.

Young boy sweeping the sidewalk in Oakwood.