Day: August 8, 2020

Ian Byers-Gamber captures the art world from his car

Photographer Ian Byers-Gamber in his Honda, the vehicle that frames portraits he's shot during the pandemic. <span class="copyright">(Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)</span>
Photographer Ian Byers-Gamber in his Honda, the vehicle that frames portraits he’s shot during the pandemic. (Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)

How to shoot a photographic portrait in the age of contagion?

Proximity is risky. A sealed studio unimaginable. The very form — one person capturing the likeness of another in a shared space — has required an overhaul at a time when we shout at each other from a distance of six feet, surgical masks obscuring our expressions.

Artist Ian Byers-Gamber, however, has found a way to embrace these limitations and make some intriguing photographs in the process.

Since April, the Los Angeles artist has hit the town with a pair of bulky film cameras — a medium-format Mamiya RB67 and a large-format Chamonix 45F-2 — to make portraits of the city’s artists and arts workers at this moment in time. Serving as studio is his black Honda

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