Olvera Street, Downtown

Photo by Gary Cohen via Flickr and used with permission.

[Ed note: We’ll admit we had never heard of Naud Junction before, but have since learned it’s a tiny stretch of real estate in Downtown, near Phillippe’s. Map]


Central Industrial District, Downtown

“For us, just another night…”

“It was the day after Christmas. For us, just another night underground. We arrived in a huddle and left no footprints.” —Solomon Wolfson

Used with permission.

Little Tokyo #2

“An interesting place to be…”

Photo by Stephen D. Friday

I used to co-run a blog about downtown Los Angeles called angelenic before I moved to Amsterdam last year. One thing that was always important to me during that time was to show through my photography how diverse and quirky the neighborhoods of downtown are to people who don’t know them. I think this photograph captures a side of that personality. It was taken from a hidden little strip called Wholesale Alley near Little Tokyo. Unfortunately that day the businesses were closed and their roll gates were down, but the view made it an interesting place to be nonetheless. – Stephen D. Friday

Chinatown #5

Photo by Elaine Layabout

The image was taken three years ago, on august 24, while i was spending my birthday in chinatown taking street pics . . . that particular alley is on the north side of 835 n. broadway, looking toward tak shing hong, which sells chinese herbs and groceries . . . it was the golden hour, and the fiery glow of late sun on the red painted bricks made the alley look like a portal to another world . . . i took an uncharacteristically long time to set up this shot and then took just one, because the moment passed very quickly . . . i have gone back to that alley several times, but it has never looked the same. – Elaine Layabout

Downtown #6

Photo by Jesse Childers

I was just exploring downtown LA one day with my camera, and for some reason this alley caught my eye. I wanted to test out my new tripod to do an HDR photo – Jesse Childers.

Downtown #5

Photo by Loren

Why I took it is pretty straightforward. I was staying with friends in downtown LA and we went for a walk. The alley, behind converted loft buildings, had been made into a seating and promenade area for the residents. It reminded me of Italy–my 2nd most favorite physical environment after Japan. I took the shot. –Loren, of the photo that is via Flickr.

Downtown #4

Photo by Mark Peacock

Mark Peacock, via Flickr:

Alleys are the back door to the places where we live and work, the façade and mask of the front can’t hide the bowels of where things are discarded and where the least among us in society search for sustenance ………….

Downtown #2

Photo by Doug McClintock

Photo by Doug McClintock

I used to live in a loft facing this alley. [It was] 5 a.m. on a Sunday morning, prepping for a commercial. I stumbled upon these set up by a cracked out homeless guy during the night. He found them in a dumpster. — Doug McClintock via Flickr.