Welcome to Hollywood | Even as a young punk I was fascinated with the spectacle of Hollywood Boulevard. Equal parts circus and train wreck, for me it has always been a microcosm of all that is funky about America. Celebrity worship, garish displays of faux wealth, drug addiction, homelessness, exploitation, and urban decay – all on display for mindless tourists who meander about, handing out the money that perpetuates it all.
This book by Andy Hann is a three-year photo essay that takes a hard look at the vendors, residents, and visitors of the quarter-mile stretch known by the locals as “the boulevard of broken dreams”. While never seeking to mock any individuals, it is a deliberate effort to poke a stick at our culture and hold up a mirror as to who we are.
COUNTRY | United States
BIO | Andy Hann was born in 1962 and raised primarily in Southern California. Along with skateboarding and surfing, he developed a deep passion for art and design which he followed into art school and then a prosperous 30-year career in entertainment advertising. After numerous awards and accolades, he says that he woke up one day and decided he was all done pandering to clients, picked up a camera and just starting shooting. “photography”, he now says, “is like a booger on my finger that I just can’t shake”.
Utilizing his formal design training and decades worth of advertising work, photography is a craft that seems to come quite naturally to Hann. Along with his strong sense of composition and use of natural light, he also infuses his offbeat sense of humor into most of his shots.
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