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Photograph, C type print
OPENING BID: $100.00
SIZE: 9" x 14" (matted 16" x 20")
NOTE: "The Tagger" was shot with a Canon EOS3
35mm camera fitted with a 28-135mm ƒ4.5-5.6 lens using Kodakcolor
100 film. The photograph was taken from a crumbling concrete stairway
built into the side of a hill in an old neighborhood just west of
Downtown Los Angeles. Once one of the most affluent neighborhoods
in LA, this particular location has deteriorated to the state seen
in the photo. What appears to be some kind of municipal building,
perhaps a Water & Power structure from the early part of the
20th century, is a notorious hangout for gang members and a range
of characters from the lowly preteen "taggers" to the
lately-revered "graffiti artists." On that particular
morning there were no fewer than six spraycan-toting youths working
simultaneously at different areas of the property.
THE ARTIST: Kendall Roclord, born in 1958, is a native
of Los Angeles. Raised in Beverly Hills, California, he led a relatively
sheltered childhood. As a result, he has always been attracted to
the more colorful, less affluent parts of the city and world. For
the past twenty-one years he has made his living as a musician in
the Hollywood film industry and has worked on over 200 feature films
in a variety of positions such as music copyist, pianist, composer,
and sound designer. Variety has always been his mainstay in life.
An example of that diversity is that one week he had composed the
music for four of the top 10 videos on the Billboard Magazine charts.
Three were Mary-Kate & Ashley videos; the other was Playboy's
"The Girls of the Hawaiian Tropics." He just opened Roclord
Studio in Pasadena, California, specializing in fine art photographic
portraits of children. Several of his photographs can be seen at
the 2003 Los Angeles County Fair in Pomona. Another of Kendall's
photographs appeared in the July 2002
issue of TheScreamOnline.
Kendall through his website: