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Anthony Hernandez

The Opsis Foundation

In his cool studies of the unseen corners where Los Angeles’ homeless sleep, Anthony Hernandez adopts the stance of an archeologist, or maybe a police photographer. In only one setting is the resident at home—a blanket-covered figure sleeps under the Hollywood Freeway surrounded by his collection of junk. These sites have the air of transient ruins—the residents scrabble together walls out of cardboard boxes, old car seats (this is L.A., after all), and broken-off planks, scrunching their possessions into the spaces beneath freeway overpasses or simply spreading out a soiled blanket in a bower of weeds.

Hernandez calls these “landscapes for the homeless,” and the photographs are indeed beautiful, delicately colored images—full of lavenders, yellows, and off-grays—presented in the form of massive Cibachrome prints, with all the dizzying illusion of depth that this process can suggest. They

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