Photography at Rush Hour

Photos of traffic don’t sound entirely enticing, but these are different. Benny Chan‘s show, “Traffic!,” debuted at the Pasadena Museum of California Art today, consisting of enormous 8×10 prints of aerial views of LA’s tangled freeways. Chan documented the freeways at rush hour for five years – with a custom-built camera that weighs 14 pounds, has a 300-millimeter lens and cost $25,000. Despite the underlying message – that the traffic in LA is insane – Chan told the LA Times’ Culture Monster that he’s not political: “There’s another side to this too, that it is beautiful. But I do hope people will realize that this is not sustainable.” The exhibit goes through September 20, 2009.

For more information on the exhibit, go to Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Read Chan’s interview with the LA Times’ Culture Monster blog here.

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