Hamiltons presents Lost in L.A., the most recent series by the photographer Christopher Thomas. With these atmospheric black and white photographs, Thomas brings his unique style of city portraiture to Los Angeles, originally established in Münchner Elegien (2001–2005), New York Sleeps (2009), Venice in Solitude (2010)and Paris: City of Light (2014). As with his previous series, he transports the viewer to a silent city, devoid of human presence and cars, particularly extraordinary in a portrait of L.A. The exhibition includes classic views and motifs associated with the city, such as the Hollywood Sign, Randy’s Donuts, Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland and Santa Monica Beach, as well as more unexpected pictures of oil pumps, and solitary piers. Thomas has been travelling to L.A. for more than three decades, several times a year, with the knowledge that in the history of photography, no conceptual and comprehensive photographic survey of the Californian metropolis has ever been created. Thomas’s desire to capture the City of Angels in his own distinct style thus grew. Here in this exhibition you can see where he settled on capturing the scenes primarily in the early hours of the morning, just before dusk, or at night by moonlight.
Photo by © Christopher Thomas
Hamiltons Gallery – 13 Carlos Place, London, W1K 2EU