The La Brea Matrix

Stephen Shore, Beverly Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, California, June 21 1975

The Le Brea Matrix is a project based on Stephen Shore’s great photograph of Los Angeles. The image was one of Shore’s clearest achievements in establishing a way of using colour objectively, in the context of the so-called New Colour Photography movement of the 1970s and 80s. It’s nonchalance of viewpoint – seemingly a glance up a suburban street, plus the banality of the subject matter, disguise a tight and sophisticated composition.

A group of German photographers are paying hommage to this image through the La Brea Matrix, an exhibition, book and website project. Each of the six photographers has photographed in L.A. interpreting the messages contained in Shore’s 1975 image. The photographers are Jens Liebchen, Oliver Sieber, Olaf Unverzart, Robert Voit, Janko Woltersmann and Max Regenberg

Olaf Unverzart

Janko Waltersmann

Robert Voit

Jens Liebchen