Stephen Hilger, in conversation with Matthew Specktor & LACMA photography curator Rebecca Morse, discusses Stephen Hilger: In the Alley

Stephen Hilger

A subversive portrait of Beverly Hills in a gorgeous leporello format

This leporello publication presents Brooklyn-based photographer Stephen Hilger's (born 1975) color photographs of service alleys and the backside of houses separating the public from the private in the affluent suburb of Beverly Hills, California--a more anomalous view of the place by depicting the physical and symbolic spaces behind the homes of the area's wealthy residents. Eva Díaz has written that Hilger's emphasis suggests that "Beverly Hills is actually two cities, a 'front' city of impeccably maintained homes and a 'back' city that covertly services the front illusion. Hilger photographed their graffiti, security signage, crammed garbage cans, unaesthetic car parks and overgrown vegetation; the maintenance staff who work nearby; and the alleys' most indelible feature, narrow, high walls that denote a claustrophobic refusal of inspection."
In the Alley features 22 panoramic photographs in a leporello-folded format so the reader can leaf through the photographs or expand the book-object for display. An essay by novelist Matthew Specktor maps out the significance of Hilger's alley views in the context of personal histories and Hollywood stories. In a conversation, Hilger and photographer James Welling discuss their respective practices. (Purple Martin Press)

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Friday, November 17, 2023 - 7:00pm
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Book Soup
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Stephen Hilger: In the Alley By Stephen Hilger (Photographer), Peter Kayafas (Editor), Matthew Specktor (Text by (Art/Photo Books)) Cover Image
By Stephen Hilger (Photographer), Peter Kayafas (Editor), Matthew Specktor (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9780979776854
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Published: Purple Martin Press - September 5th, 2023