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Double Vision: The Photography of George Rodriguez.

In a year when farmworkers join Hollywood actresses onstage at awards shows in a show of solidarity, here comes a book that traverses both those worlds and then some, Double Vision: The Photography of George Rodriguez (Hat & Beard Press). A photographer raised in South Los Angeles, Rodriguez had rare access to multiple and diverse worlds, documenting Chicano-led struggles for civil rights and United Farmworker strikes (Dolores Huerta contributes an introduction), as well as gang warfare, boxing matches, protests and riots, red-carpet premieres of films that would become classics, and early hip-hop. He counted Natalie Wood and Dennis Hopper as friends. (John Densmore, drummer for the Doors, contributes another essay.) In a mix of black-and-white and full-colour images, Rodriguez’s photographs offer a fascinating cross-section of L.A.’s divergent worlds.

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