Anthony Hernandez Digital C-Type "Waiting in Line #3"
Anthony Hernandez (American, born 1947)
Waiting in Line #3, 1997, printed 2002
Digital Chromogenic Print
Signed to the verso
Published by Nazraeli Press
This photograph was taken one day when Anthony Hernandez’s car broke down and he started taking a walk. While walking he came across a line of people waiting around a social service office. He took a photograph of tile on the building facade with the intention of shooting it from their point of view as they moved through the line.
Known for his street portraiture, photographer Anthony Hernandez was born in Aliso Village, an East Los Angeles housing project. It was in high school that he became seriously interested in photography when a friend of his gave him a photography textbook that had been left in the school bathroom. In the late 1960s, he began taking photographs around his neighborhood after taking some photography courses at East Los Angeles College. Many of these early photographs focused on themes of urban detritus and decay. Hernandez served in the United States Army, and upon his return from Vietnam, he developed an interest in street portraiture. These works caught the attention of a magazine art director who hired him for commercial work. In 1986, Hernandez completed an artist-in-residence program at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. It was here that he became inspired by imagery in the margins of the city. His series Landscapes for the Homeless (1988 – 2007) documented the living conditions of homeless people in Los Angeles. A show of this series in 1993 at the Turner/Krull Gallery caught the attention of the Sprengel Museum Hannover, who eventually published a book of the photographs and sponsored additional work by Hernandez. Since then, Hernandez has completed several other projects such as Pictures for Rome (1998-99) and Pictures for L.A. (2000-02). His work has been exhibited and collected by numerous institutions throughout his career, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art among many others.
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