This book will be the first ever career retrospective of the work of Los Angeles photographer George Rodriguez.
Since the 1950s, Rodriguez has quietly documented multiple social worlds—in California and beyond—that have never before been displayed together, a rare mix of American and Mexican, urban and rural, Hollywood celebrity and civil rights marches.
Throughout the 1960s and 70s, Rodriguez led something of a double life as a photographer. He worked for film studios, record labels, and magazines like Tiger Beat, shooting countless photographs of the era's biggest music and film stars, many of which have become familiar images in the American popular imagination, while also photographing the social movements and protests that were exploding on the streets of Los Angeles and throughout the country: the Chicano Moratorium, the United Farm Workers movement, the Sunset Strip riots, and many other happenings, certainly more than any other single photographer.
Double Vision explores both of these worlds, alongside the many other urban scenes Rodriguez has shot over the years, from L.A. street gangs and L.A. boxing to L.A. hip-hop. Rodriguez is one of the great visual documentarians of the hyphen that connects the American to the Mexican and yet the full, diverse scale of his work has never been shown in a full retrospective.
Assembled by Rodriguez himself, in conjunction with scholar and writer Josh Kun, this book will be an invaluable addition to the way we understand identity, popular culture, and civil rights in American life, and a visual biography of one the country's most important, yet unsung, visual historians.
Edited and with texts by Josh Kun
Introduction by Dolores Huerta
Afterword by John Densmore