Back Yard, Diamond Bar, CA, from the Los Angeles Documentary Project

  • Joe Deal, Back Yard, Diamond Bar, CA, from the Los Angeles Documentary Project, 1980, gelatin silver print, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1980, Joe Deal, Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Photography Museum of Los Angeles, 1990.38.27

Exhibition Label
In Back Yard, Diamond Bar, CA, brick walls converge at sharp angles to clearly define a residential lot cut out of a hillside. Joe Deal’s elevated camera focuses on a single property, while beyond the house, shingled rooftops cut off any view of the sky. Just twenty-four years before Deal arrived, the land that is now the city of Diamond Bar was untouched pasture for grazing cattle. By 1980 the land had been transformed into a sprawling network of suburban communities, strip malls, and parking lots. Deal chose to document the new suburban city because it epitomized the radical development of Southern California. His goal was to remain a neutral observer and describe without “personal interference” the landscape before his camera. His views of newly constructed homes present a brief moment in the rapid evolution of Los Angeles.


A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2013
Title
Back Yard, Diamond Bar, CA, from the Los Angeles Documentary Project
Artist
Date
1980
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 13 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. (35.0 x 35.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the National Endowment for the Arts through the Photography Museum of Los Angeles

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
Classifications
Keywords
  • Cityscape – California – Los Angeles
  • Landscape – garden
  • Architecture Exterior – domestic – house
  • Cityscape – California – Diamond Bar
Object Number
1990.38.27
Palette
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