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Chávez Ravine, 1949 : a Los Angeles story

Author: Don Normark
Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1949, photographer Don Normark walked up into the hills of Los Angeles looking for a good view. Instead, he found Chavez Ravine, a ramshackle Mexican-American neighborhood tucked away in Elysian Park like a "poor man's Shangri-la." Enchanted, he stayed for a year among the wild roses, tin roofs, and wandering goats of this uniquely intact rural community. Accepted by the residents, Normark was able to photograph
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Pictorial works
Biography Pictorial works
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Normark, Don, 1928-
Chávez Ravine, 1949.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, ©1999
(OCoLC)607388081
Online version:
Normark, Don, 1928-
Chávez Ravine, 1949.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, ©1999
(OCoLC)630839645
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Don Normark
ISBN: 0811825345 9780811825344
OCLC Number: 40848549
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 143 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Responsibility: Don Normark.
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"In 1949, photographer Don Normark walked up into the hills of Los Angeles looking for a good view. Instead, he found Chavez Ravine, a ramshackle Mexican-American neighborhood tucked away in Elysian Park like a "poor man's Shangri-la." Enchanted, he stayed for a year among the wild roses, tin roofs, and wandering goats of this uniquely intact rural community. Accepted by the residents, Normark was able to photograph a life that, though bowed down by poverty, was lived fully, openly, and joyfully. That ended when, in 1950, the residents of Chavez Ravine received letters from the government informing them that they had to leave. Some sold, some were dragged out of their houses kicking and screaming. The emptied houses were razed to make way for the new Dodger Stadium.

The past fifty years have not erased the memories of Los Desterrados, the uprooted descendants of Chavez Ravine. After extensive research, Don Normark has tracked them down in order to share his old photographs and to record their poignant reactions. He has captured the images, the stories, and the bittersweet memories of Los Desterrados in this book."--Jacket.

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