This Saturday, October 2, 2011, Carmichael Gallery opens a special exhibition pairing legendary LA street photographers, father and son, Eriberto and Estevan Oriol. While documenting similar subjects, Eriberto and Estevan have carved unique, individual paths in the arts. Estevan is famous for his famed work with the Soul Assasins crew and cut his teeth at Cyprus Hill's tour manager. His father, always modest, is represented in the perminant collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Both men have taken illuminating photographs of LA's low rider culture and the city's gang life. In total, Like Father, Like Son shares 50 images with equal number for each artist.
Like Father, Like Son opens on October 2 and runs through October 29, 2011.
Carmichael Gallery, 5795 Washington Ave, Culver City, CA.
Ahead of the exhibition opening, Complex caught up with Estevan and Eriberto to talk photography and familial pride. Click next to read the interview.
What does LA mean to you?
Estevan: LA means home to me; it's where I was born and raised. I have been to 53 countries, plus all the states, and I've loved everywhere I've gone. Traveling is great, in my opinion, but I don't think I could do all I'm doing anywhere but LA. It's really the land of all opportunities here - thats why it's full of people who aren't from LA. Even though they cry and complain about it, THEY'RE STILL HERE. I LOVE LA.
Eriberto: I know I not only live in a very special place, but in paradise. I don't need to travel around the world. Man, it's right here. All the nationalities and cultures from around the globe are represented right here in my own backyard. This is the true beauty of LA!
How do you know when the scene is right to document?
Eriberto: I don't, for the most part. Since I'm basically a street shooter, opportunities just present
themselves in the moment. Man, I just go with the flow, hope for the best and await the surprise.
Estevan: I just take pictures of stuff. If I go to a specific place for an assignment, then I know what to document, but as far as taking photos, I shoot nearly everything I see nowadays, because you never know what it will be like in 10 years. Even if i don't really like the way something looks at the time, that same thing might be cool in 10 years. I've missed a lot of good stuff, and I don't want to miss any more.
Estevan Oriol, Bullet Holes and Stab Wounds, 2002. (c) Estevan Oriol
What's your favorite car and why?
What's the most important thing you've learned from your father/son?
Eriberto Oriol, Rain In LA, 2011. (c) Eriberto Oriol
How do you balance commercial and personal work?
Any words of wisdom for aspiring photographers?
Favorite photograph taken by your father/son?
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Favorite photograph of your own?
Estevan Oriol, 76 Caprice Scraping, 1997. (c) Estevan Oriol.
How do you define beauty?
Which of your shoots has been most memorable and why?
Eriberto Oriol, Need A Helping Hand, 2000. (c) Eriberto Oriol