JULIAN WASSER PHOTOGRAPHY

by Miryam Muller in


Photographer Julian Wasser began his career in the 1950s as a teenager shooting crime scenes in Washington D.C., which he sold to The Washington Post. While working as a copy boy at the Washington bureau of the Associated Press he met the legendary street photographer Weegee, who then became his mentor. After attending university and military service, Wasser moved to Los Angeles and worked as a contract photographer for Time Magazine for many years. He was responsible for numerous familiar images, especially from the 1960s, when L.A began to take off in the American consciousness. Later his photos have appeared in Magazines such as Vanity Fair, Der Spiegel, Playboy, Elle, Vogue, and GQ.

His photographs from 1960s in Los Angeles represent an important era in the L.A. art scene, groundbreaking musicians and nightclubs, the transition from classical to New Hollywood. Where he is famous for capturing influential people in their daily lives. In connection with his instinct of being in the right place at the right time, he was able to shoot some of the most iconic images from that time. “I look back on the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties – it was this phenomenal, legendary time,” he says. “Everybody was flush, times were good, no one worried, they were just very, very hedonistic. Now LA is boring; there’s nothing happening and we’ve got this horrible economy. They all have to work. It’s too real.”