In these days of quarantine, as we fantasize about the pure pleasures that are no longer available to us, Joseph Bellows Gallery presents Bijou: Photographs of Theater Box Offices by Ave Pildas. This series of exquisite, small-scale vintage black and white photographs from the mid-1970s evoke the experience of a particular place. These rare prints document, as the title implies, the small jewel-like structures that crown the facade of their theaters. Pildas’ frontal camera position and distance to his subject remain the same in each image. This methodology forms a visual inventory of various Los Angeles theater box offices, a typology that surveyed the remaining traces of a vanishing architectural and cinematic culture. Early in his career, Ave Pildas worked as a photography stringer for Downbeat Magazine. Born and raised in Cincinnati, he worked in the Ohio Valley and Pennsylvania in the 1960s. In 1965 he moved to Switzerland to pursue graduate studies in graphic design at the legendary Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel under Armin Hoffman. After returning to the United States in 1968, he moved to Los Angeles, and in...
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