Sunday afternoon at the Getty. Amazing photo exhibit!

Mi querida familia me visita de México, y cuando vienen los parientes, hay que pasearlos.

On Sunday afternoon we had a magnificent visit to the Getty Center in Los Angeles. High above the 405 freeway, nestled on a hill overlooking LA from downtown to the Pacific Ocean, it’s the sort of place that really makes you appreciate living in Los Angeles.

If you have some free time this summer and are looking for a nice place to take the kids (or a date!) then this is highly recommended. There’s beautiful gardens, wide open spaces, and great architecture.

Of course, there’s always the artwork to admire. We had a chance to look at lovely photographs by Walker Evans (circa 1933 in Havana) and other photographers in the “Cuba” exhibit, a very powerful set of images with a lot of history and cultural perspective. No se la pierdan.

But get there early! The Getty closes at 5:30pm.

Amazing lighting and people watching at the Getty Museum, on a Sunday afternoon.

The view is beautiful. Here is an angle looking east towards Century City and downtown.

Surprise! I don't know if she was modeling or showing off but she looked picture perfect.

The Cuba photography exhibit is a great way to spend an afternoon.

Que guapo CHE! The only snapshot I could snap before they asked me to put my phone away. (No pictures allowed inside the exhibit.)

Go for the architecture, go for the art, go for the fun of it. The Getty is a very unique place in LA.

Anthony Bourdain en Cuba!

The man loves pork. (And I love the man!) Anthony Bourdain in Cuba, July 11.

I ran into this promo today for “No Reservations” with my favorite guy in the world, Anthony Bourdain. (Bourdain Bourdain Bourdain, I just love your last name.)

Needless to say, I will be watching this episode, but also, after watching this clip, I’m about ready to book a trip to La Habana right now!! I would have to go via Mexico of course.

Miren nomas que belleza de fotografías! Y de fotógrafo, Roberto Salas. You can tell this is the kind of interview that gets Bourdain all juiced up, the kind of people he loves to meet in his travels.

All new episodes begin with No Reservations Cuba, which airs July 11 on the Travel Channel.

Love it. Go See It: Bill Cunningham New York.

The marquee at the Nuart, LA. Go see this documentary asap. It's only playing this week.

From the NY Times: On the Street column, video, photos from Bill Cunningham. This alone is worth the new subscription rates!

I love documentaries. One of the best I’ve seen recently is “Bill Cunningham, New York,” which peeks into the life of the original fashion street photographer from his earlier days until now. It is simply a cool, funny, passionate little movie about an 80 something year old man who lives for his art, for his city, for his work.

Here’s the trailer from Vimeo:

It’s only playing for a week in LA at the Nuart (405 and Santa Monica Blvd) on the westside. Hope you get a chance to see it.

(Thanks to Olivia who alerted me about it and made me go last Saturday. She got me out of the house early, which is a triumph! Gracias friend. )

Olivia and the movie poster.

Martes in the morning in LA.

Good morning por la mañana.

(Photos by yours truly.)

Pasadena Hollywood freeway.

Another shot from the freeway.

Cool color combo: Orange and blue.

Waiting for the metro. (Love the L.A.M.B. bag on her.)

First Friday 2011. Let’s make it a photo day.

How’s you’re new year going so far? I’m doing swell, thank you very much.

Here’s a little inspiration for your first Friday morning, courtesy of The Sartorialist and the NYT. Beautiful street photographers, 60 years apart: Vivian Meier and Scott Schuman.

Here’s a NYT link to Vivian’s work: New Street Photography, 60 Years Old.

Self Portrait. Vivian Meier. From the New York Times Article published today.

And here’s a beautiful video you will love if you’re a Sartorialist fan:

Museos y más museos: Rufino Tamayo

Still here in DF. One of the things unique to the city is the amount of accessible culture and arts one can peruse daily. I did a little experiment last week: got on the metro, got to several museums and randomly enjoyed whatever they had going on. A Carpe Diem sort of plan, if you catch my drift.

Surprise, surprise. The plan did not disappoint. First stop was Polanco, where I went to the Museo Rufino Tamayo. I love this place. The architecture is amazing and the museum always has interesting exhibits going on.

I was particularly impressed with a small exhibit of letters by the photographer Tina Modotti. Maybe it’s the sort of “trip” I am on, but her letters to her friend, fellow photographer Edward Weston are an inspiration and made me admire her even more. Bravo to brave and courageous women artists everywhere. We need more of those.

Entrance to Museo Rufino Tamayo.

Tina’s letter to Edward Weston after she was deported from Mexico, falsely accused of planning to kill Mexican president Ruiz Cortines in 1930. She had to leave the country with only a few belongings and start over in pre-war Germany. In the letters, she mixes in a little Spanglish here and there. You can sense her anxiousness and the troubles she was going through at the time where she had to reinvent herself-again- as an artist.

A photo by Tina Modotti of her teacher and friend, Edward Weston, the recipient of the letters. From what she writes, we don’t know if she ever received any letters back from him.

“I feel there must be something for me but I have not found it yet. And in the meantime the days go by and I spend sleepless nights wondering which way to turn and where to begin. I have begun to go out with the camera but, NADA…I know the material found in the streets is rich and wonderful, but my experience is that the way I am accustomed to work, slowly, planning my composition, is not suited for such work…I guess I want to do the impossible and therefore I do nothing. And yet, I shall have to decide soon what to do, for although I can still afford to ‘take it easy’, this can not go on forever.”

View of the lobby at Rufino Tamayo.