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Photographic Landscapes and Hidden Cities: Image-Based Technologies and Journeys Into the West Coast Presented by the Soraya Sarah Nazarian Program in the Fine Arts This lecture explores the intersections of photographic technologies and the changing social and cultural landscapes of Los Angeles. The opening point will be marked in Ed Ruschaâ€™s noted photobooks of the 196os, including Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Some Los Angeles Apartments and Nine Swimming Pools and a Broken Glass. Ruschaâ€™s method of seemingly arbitrary framing provided more than a typified landscape: it also marked shifts in local economies of vision and systems of production. His works will provide us with a twofold trajectory, observing his relations with West Coast Pop and his photographic predecessors, as well as his impact on decades of photographic production. These juxtapositions will uncover genealogies of visual practice that is centered around Los Angeles, and is driven by a need to organize, collect, survey and archive its sites and urban spaces.