By Julia Davidovich
Front Page Editor
About 100 people gathered to take a trip back in time with Los Angeles Herald Examiner photojournalists, including Javier Mendoza on Saturday, March 9.
Tales from the Los Angeles Herald were presented in the Mark Taper Auditorium at the Central Library in Los Angeles.
Each member of the panel had selected some of their favorite photos from their time at the Examiner, bringing each photo to life. The audience got a rare behind-the-lens look into techniques used by photographers and how they captured images.
The group described the surroundings, such as the danger and energy of each image. The wide selection of photos touched on a number of different subjects. Among the arts and entertainment photos were vintage shots of Van Halen and modern dance numbers, sports ranging from basketball games to the Olympic Games, Dodgers baseball and football.
Among the photos were dozens of images of celebrities. Mendoza reminisced about a photo he took of young Whitney Houston and mentioned how young and innocent she looked.
The most provoking and chilling images were those of the Iranian riots in 1970’s Los Angeles.
When Mendoza was talking about his experience at the event on Saturday, he said, “I think we were all a little nervous and not really sure what kind of an audience would be there, but as soon as we sat down, it was like a family reunion and the stories flowed.
It is very gratifying to know that the L.A. Public Library is preserving our work and what an important part of the history of Los Angeles. The photos and the stories behind them are priceless”.
Mendoza also mentioned that Christina Rice, the acting senior librarian for the photo collection, deserves recognition for her work in preserving the collection and putting together the event.
Barry Saks, a journalism major, said, “I thought the presentation was great, I learned a lot and I appreciated the honesty from the photojournalists.”
After three hours, the audience left with a rare glimpse into the exciting life of photojournalists and a chance to see images they wouldn’t regularly have seen, since many of the images shown never made it into print.