los-angeles

Judy Fiskin

Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art

Few contemporary artists so confound the difference between content and subject matter as does photographer Judy Fiskin. Her vantage as a photographer and the imagery of her photographs, which have ranged in subject matter from desert landscapes, to frontal shots of Los Angeles’ indigenous residential architecture, to an about-to-be-demolished amusement park, and back to these stucco houses, have remained fairly constant. Consistently unpopulated and taken from a distance, these pictures embody detachment. Their size, always quite small (about 23/4-inch-square black and white images on 6-by-8 inch paper), reasserts their detachment: though they posit a hand-held scale they contain too much, too realistically, to be miniatures. Rather, they are compressions, distillations, pluperfect souvenirs, visions from the mind’s eye.

In the “Long Beach Series” Fiskin concentrated on “The Pike,” a

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