“Latino urbanism” describes the myriad ways that immigrants from Latin America are remaking American cities to feel more like the places from which they came. It describes a culture in many ways the opposite of the “intensely private” city Leon Whiteson described, with an emphasis much more on sociability and extending private and commercial realms outside and onto the street. Perhaps there’s no better example of this than LA’s CicLAvia-modeled on Bogotá’s Ciclovía-the open streets festival that brings tens of thousands of pedestrians and cyclists out onto temporarily closed streets. Latino urbanism is remaking California by adapting what already exists. David Butow’s photo essay captures this dynamic in action in California.
Photojournalist David Butow has covered social issues, politics, and news events around the world. In his new series “After Hours,” he stays closer to home, photographing at nighttime in spaces that have been vacated or have few people. Strange colors from artificial lighting and the emptiness create a new energy and we take away a visual experience that might have otherwise gone unnoticed.