|Dreamers in Dream City
by Harry Brant
From immigrants to billionaires,
unknowns to the world-famous, surfers to moviemakers, quacks to rocket
scientists -- Dreamers are attracted to Harry Chandler’s Dream City.
Los Angeles and the metropolis that
surrounds it is home to
photographer Chandler—a fifth-generation Angeleno—and the
fifty-four men and women he presents in compelling color portraits and
biographies. Chandler contends—and every reader will certainly
agree—that being in Dream City allowed these Dreamers to conjure
bigger-than-life dreams and turn their every dream into a fantastic
reality. A member of the famed Chandler family of Los Angeles Times
fame, Chandler left the newspaper world behind, ventured into films and
electronic media, and found a way to blend all three.
In addition to classic photojournalistic
techniques, Chandler melds the
eye of a moviemaker, the captured reality of a classic artist behind a
lens, the exponential potential of digital enhancement and the passion
of a history lover to create his own take on his L.A., his Dream City.
Then he fills it with Dreamers of today and yesterday. Dreamers in
Dream City. It takes one to know one.
For more than twenty-five years, Harry Brant Chandler was a successful Los Angeles-based media executive at companies including Twentieth Century Fox, Showtime, CBS, the Los Angeles Times and Overture Services (now Yahoo Search). He now devotes most of his creative attention to his photography. As a fifth-generation Southern Californian, Mr. Chandler is a descendant of prominent Angeleno families whose dreams helped shaped the city; from founding and running the Los Angeles Times to numerous civic, business and real-estate endeavors. His own personal relationship with many of the dreamers portrayed in Dreamers in Dream City brings a veracity and insight to the profiles he has written, and his inventive photographs have created compelling portraits of these inspirational Southern Californians, both past and present.
Talking about Dreamers: On June 18, 2009, Harry Brant Chandler and historian Kevin Starr explored the fascinating lives of inspirational Southern Californians at ALOUD L.A. at the Los Angeles Public Library. Listen to the podcast here.