“This is the first photography project, and it occurred to me very organically, that I self-identified as a female photographer. It is not common that a woman creates a body of work around lowriding. Since the inception of the automobile, car culture of all kinds has been dominated by the male perspective. Making pictures as a woman in a space traditionally defined by men, and of a practice traditionally used to represent masculinity, places my work in tension with the prevailing depictions. I feel it took a woman photographer to break through this mold and offer a new story." – Kristin Bedford
Sometimes it takes a woman. Known for her quiet portraits of American cultural movements, Los Angeles–based photographer Kristin Bedford’s new work, Cruise Night, is an intimate and unstaged exploration of Los Angeles’ Mexican American lowrider car culture.
On Monday, June 7th at 4:00 p.m. Bedford will be joined in a digital conversation with Amy Scott, Executive Vice President, Research and Interpretation at the Autry Museum to talk about female photography, Los Angeles, and the communities that breathe life into our city.
On Saturday, June 12th, 6:00–10:00 p.m. everyone is invited to the Book Release Cruise Night for Cruise Night. Hosted by Just Memories Car Club and the Los Angeles Lowrider Community in El Monte, the cruise night will feature over a hundred lowrider cars, music, food, a raffle and much more. Come see Bedford’s photography embodied by the people and communities that made this work possible.