Day 3: Getty Center

Getty Center is a must visit destination for lovers of the art in Los Angeles. When I was there back in December, two of their exhibits were mandatory to visit(simply because they were photography related!):

In Focus: The worker &

Irving Penn: Small Trades

Irving Penn was known for his meticulous attention to details, what better to bring out this talent than to shoot workers in different trades in Paris, London and New York in their daily uniforms with their tools and posing as if they were doing the job?

The best photos of this collection belonged to coalmen from London and New York, fully dressed and covered(hands, faces..etc) with black in an indication to what they used to deal with on a daily basis. My bias may be based on the fact that my great great great great grand father was a coal man in Syria(my last name is translated to Coal Miner in Arabic after all)!

You can click on the link above to see some samples from the exhibit.

One more stop was their Migrations Of The Mind exhibit where they brought different manuscripts on the topics of biology, medicine & science in general.

The following photos were taken in the outdoors of the vast Getty center, you could see the Pacific ocean(check the sunset collection) from a distance!

By Kinan Faham

"the Silent Camera" was conceived in 2009 and was inspired by the music of Arvo Part especially his piece "Silentium". I perceive the modern world as oscillating between two extremes that are analogous to two of Arvo Part's pieces: "Perpetuum Mobile" represents the hustle and bustle of everyday life, the sea of people surrounding you, the noise in the streets, the deadlines, the challenges and the lessons to learn, the new technologies and risks facing our civilization, the musical pieces you learn [or fail to master],.. etc. "Silentium" represents the resolution of every musical note, every spoken word and every movement of your day. It is the moment that you are most likely to remember after the day's noise has settled and its turbulence has subsided. It is the moment that we all crave and the moment that will allow us to persist to the next day when the Perpetuum Mobile cycle starts again.

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