Building DTLA: An Architectural Tour with Wayne Thom

Sunday, September 23, 2018
When: 10:00am - 2:00pm

    Wayne Thom’s photography throws a “generous spotlight . . . on a generation of buildings in Los Angeles”—Los Angeles Times

    Join us for a guided bus and walking tour of six landmark buildings in downtown Los Angeles’s Bunker Hill area, led by preeminent architectural photographer Wayne Thom. Learn about how Thom worked with natural light to create iconic images of the concrete and mirrored-glass skyscrapers of downtown L.A., while taking your own photographs of sites such as the Bonaventure and ARCO Tower. Thom will be joined by Woodbury University professor and urbanist Emily Bills, who will shed light on the successive building booms of downtown L.A.’s complex social and architectural history.

    Wayne Thom
     is an internationally renowned architectural photographer. He was born in Shanghai and grew up in Hong Kong before moving to Vancouver and then Southern California. In his decades-long career, he has photographed more than 2,800 projects, most notably buildings in L.A. (Photography collection in the USC Digital LibraryUSC Libraries profileUSC News featureWired Magazine feature)

    Emily Bills is an adjunct professor and coordinator of the Urban Studies Program at Woodbury University, as well as the California Coordinator for the Society of Architectural Historians’ Archipedia project.

    Additional Links:
    Bunker Hill | KCET feature: “Rediscovering Downtown L.A.’s Lost Neighborhood of Bunker Hill”Wikipedia

    Related Event:
    Architectural Photography Workshop with Wayne Thom

    Friday, October 5, 2018, at 1 p.m.
    Friends of the USC Libraries Lecture Hall, Doheny Memorial Library 240
    For more info, click here.

    Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by the USC Libraries.