In 32 years as a prosecutor with the LA County District Attorney’s office, Gil Garcetti has seen a lot. Overseeing high-profile events such as the Menendez brothers and O.J. Simpson murder cases, a lot of what he saw wasn’t pretty. After leaving the public eye, however, Garcetti embarked on a successful second career as a photographer, freeing him to capture the irony, poetic beauty, and diverse cultures that define LA. While son Eric has succeeded him in the public sector as LA’s mayor, the senior Garcetti has published several books of his photography. Here he shares select works, with added perspective.
“When I produced my two books on the Disney Hall, I used heavy-duty cameras. But I always carry a high-end point and shoot. That is the camera I used for this photograph. The Disney Hall gives a photographer endless opportunities to try and capture the magic spirit the ironworkers built for our pleasure.”
“Yes, the water you see is the Los Angeles River. But the bridge, steel, concrete, and graffiti are also part of 2015 Los Angeles. Now imagine the change when the revitalization of the entire river is well underway. The changes will be dramatic and inspiring for all Angelenos.”
“Most Angelenos do not have the opportunity that high-rise tenants in downtown Los Angeles ave to look at their city. Many who look, don’t take the time to really see what is in front of them. Take the time now to look and see the Central Library and its wonderful architecture.”
“Angels Flight is a short cable car ride from Grand Central Market to California Plaza on Grand Street. With a little luck it will soon be up and running again and you too will be able to see City all and other government buildings from a different perspective.”