There are stories people can tell you and there are stories that can only be experienced. When she stopped working as a journalist full time, writer and photographer Lynell George re-trained her focus—making the backdrop, the forefront—dusted off her camera and began taking notes, this time visual ones. Her project was to understand how often-used—but often poorly understood—terms like redlining, white flight, outmigration, gentrification, nostalgia, post-riots had shaped the look of Los Angeles landscapes. Her photography shows that some change happens so imperceptibly that we don’t yet have language for it.
Show, Don’t Tell
Lynell George is a Los Angeles–based journalist and essayist. She has written for KCET’s Artbound, the Los Angeles Times, and the L.A. Weekly, and she taught journalism at Loyola Marymount University. She is the author of No Crystal Stair: African Americans in the City of Angels (Verso/Doubleday).
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Lynell George; Show, Don’t Tell. Boom 1 June 2015; 5 (2): 92–99. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2015.5.2.92
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