When you think of Hollywood, you might imagine fame and fortune, celebrity and glamour, gold and diamond and red carpets… well, this is not what this photographic series is about.
The photos are all located between Orange Drive and Vine Street, on a section of Hollywood Boulevard known as the ‘Walk of Fame.’ Along these few blocks, more than two-thousand golden stars – engraved with the names of the rich and famous – are sunken into the glittering concrete like the flat headstones in The Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
This area attracts over ten million tourists each year, from all over the world. For some It’s the gateway to glory, for others is just a dead-end street.
This series focuses on this dichotomy – the decadent and the bleak — using candid shots of the humans who inhabit this dystopia; the tourists, the businessmen on their lunch breaks, the celebrity impersonators and the outcasts, and also through portraits of people who have traveled thousands of miles in search of a dream. Aspiring actors, musicians and artists wandering the sidewalks looking for their stardom.
Keeping in the vein of his most recent projects, ‘Pacific Park’ and ‘Grand Turismo’, Stefano Galli takes us on a satirical and bitter trip through one of the most iconic places in Los Angeles.