Metropolis Books, Thursday, March 12th (700 PM), presents a Jack Nadelle Photography Exhibition.
For more than a decade, Investigator Photographer Jack Nadelle’s photographic and video work has helped LADA prosecutors tell crime stories in the courtroom. But the photographic art he creates in his spare time tells stories of vibrant people and places in downtown Los Angeles’ historic core district.
During the month of March, Nadelle’s photo exhibit titled “Los Angeles, A View to a City” is on display at Metropolis Books Los Angeles, 440 S. Main St., which is open Tuesdays – Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is no charge for admission. Nadelle’s exhibit also will be a featured stop on the Downtown Art Walk on Thursday, March 12, from 6-10 p.m. The art tour, which provides a free shuttle bus, will include stops at the Museum of Contemporary Art and many downtown galleries.
Nadelle, who joined LADA 10 ½ years ago after a successful career in commercial freelance photography, said he is passionate about capturing “the urban landscape” in both its grit and grandeur. “I’m not just interested in the architecture. I am interested in how it is used, the sociological aspect,” Nadelle said, noting that many of his photos depict people as well as buildings.
Born and raised in Los Angeles County, Nadelle spent much of his youth exploring downtown where his father owned a retail jewelry store on Broadway during the 1950s.
“I have a long relationship to Los Angeles. I would sometimes spend weekends downtown exploring the shops and streets. I have vivid memories of hot Spanish peanuts from the street vendors and lunch at Clifton’s,” said Nadelle, who took up photography in his mid-20s. His former freelance work included architectural, advertising and magazine photography.
Nadelle’s current exhibit includes nine black and white photos of urban scenes. “As photographic subjects, downtown, and Los Angeles in general, are so interesting. I love the ‘adaptive reuse’ of the classic buildings – tacos and pizzas where once were the offices of the ʽWall Street of the West,’ ” Nadelle said. “I have nostalgia for what has been – a past that continues to be erased.”