The vivid city of Los Angeles is interpreted by photographer Nicholas Alan Cope in this photography book titled Whitewash, revealing forms, surfaces and volumes in visually stunning black and white images. His subjects of minimalist urban architecture stand out as an irony to what we typically perceive of the glamorous sprawling city on the surface and draws attention to the fact that much of LA is highly polarized in its demographic, urban planning, lifestyles and culture. As best described by Rick Owens in its forward:
Whitewash utilizes the whitest whites, the blackest blacks, and the modern and stark architecture of an idealized future that never arrived to tell the visual story of LA’s uniquely conflicted soul.
I really enjoy these images because they evoke an urbanism that appears to have been forgotten. The forms of the architecture are already severe yet when portrayed in black and white, they take on an identity often neglected in utilitarian buildings yet serve its purpose of reminding us of the post war boom of such structures and that there is beauty to be found within them.
Whitewash will be available from Powerhouse Books from April of 2013.