Estevan Oriol, This is Los Angeles. After the success of LA Woman and LA Portraits , the famous West Coast street photographer Estevan Oriol releases This Is Los Angeles. From ‘homies’ to Hollywood, this definitive anthology depicts the city of Los Angeles in all its forms and captures 20 years of Oriol’s extraordinary career. The extensive portfolio charts the soul of Los Angeles, from portraits of Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Dennis Hopper, Marissa Miller, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Floyd Mayweather and Lance Armstrong, to the counter-culture of the Latino world of tattoos and the dark reality of gangs. Captured in intriguing analogue b/w shots, these photographs offer an exclusive glimpse into LA ganglands normally hidden from the public eye. This Is Los Angeles is Estevan Oriol’s largest publication to date and showcases his most iconic images, as well as unseen work from his archive across over 200 pages.
Estevan Oriol is an internationally celebrated professional photographer, director and urban lifestyle entrepreneur. Beginning his career as a hip-hop club bouncer turned tour manager for popular Los Angeles-based rap groups Cypress Hill and House of Pain, Estevan’s passion for photography developed while traveling the world. With an influential nudge and old camera from his father, renowned photographer Eriberto Oriol, Estevan began documenting life on the road and established a name for himself amid the emerging hip-hop scene.
Nearly 20 years later, Oriol’s extensive portfolio juxtaposes the glamorous and gritty planes of LA culture, featuring portraits of famous athletes, artists, celebrities and musicians as well as Latino, urban, gang, and tattoo culture lifestyles. He has photographed Al Pacino, Robert Dinero, Dennis Hopper, Ryan Gosling, Chloe Moretz, Marissa Miller, Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Snoop Dogg, Floyd Mayweather, and others. He has also produced shoots for internationally-acclaimed photographers such as Ellen von Unwerth for Sang Bleu and Luca Babini for GQ Italy.
In addition to shooting campaigns for companies including Cadillac, Nike and Rockford Fosgate and directing new media projects for My Cadillac Stories, MetroPCS, MTV and Apple, Estevan has designed album covers and/or directed music videos for artists including Eminem, Cypress Hill, Blink 182, Snoop Dogg and Xzibit.
His work has been showcased in select galleries and institutions—such as Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, Mesa Contemporary Art Center, Petersen Automotive Museum, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles’ Art in the Streets exhibit—concluding with a best-selling books of his work: LA Woman, L.A. Portraits, And This Is Los Angeles capturing the dangerous gangsters, Lowriders, Musicians, Celebrities, L.A. Lifestyle and alluring beauty of women shot in his uniquely provocative and raw style. His photography has been featured in Complex, FHM, Juxtapoz, GQ, Vibe, Rolling Stone and other publications, with appearances on popular television shows such as, CNN’s AnthonyBourdain-UnKnown Parts, CNN’s Street Food-Roy Choi, HBO’s Entourage and Last Call With Carson Daly.