Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Ernest Holzman’s “L.A. Backstory” at Known Gallery

January 12, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Critically-acclaimed cinematographer Ernest Holzman has created a series of 25 works that breathe fresh life into and offer a new look at some of Los Angeles’ more familiar sites. “Ernest Holzman, L.A. Backstory,” opening January 12  and running through January 26 at Known Gallery is more than just a series of nudes.

A collection of guerrilla style, one-of-a kind photographs, “L.A. Backstory” is Holzman’s response to his on-going treatments for cancer. In his own words:

In February 2012,  I was two months from having a PET scan as part of my ongoing treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. This particular scan was significant because it would indicate if the chemotherapy had worked or if I needed more medicine…possibly even a bone marrow transplant.  I suddenly had a serious passion to do some work.

I wanted to feel like a teenager again when I felt completely invulnerable.  And I wanted to have an adventure.

So I decided to photograph a nude woman on the streets of Los Angeles.  Without permits.  Guerrilla style.

We went to special locations I had come to love over the years and made pictures when the light was right.  A 60-year-old photographer and a 60-year-old 4×5 view camera which only captured one film image at a time.

I shot Carly mostly from the back and watched her as she looked ahead…perhaps seeing into the future.

This is the genesis of the work on these walls.

L.A. Backstory


January 12, 2013
8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90036 United States
+ Google Map