L.A. Gente (L.A. People)
Featuring: Pablo Unzueta
In Los Angeles, street vending food is at the center of political marginalization, while also bridging together lives, as told through its vendors and the food that attracts the hungry into these small pockets of smoke-filled street corners and alleyways.
My name is Pablo Unzueta, born on July 22, 1994 in Van Nuys, California. I have been fortunate enough to be immersed in the perspectives of my father and grandmother’s visual work.
My father, Luis Hidalgo, is an Associated Press photographer based in Santiago, Chile, who has focused on the impact and aftermath of dictatorship. My grandmother, Amanda Unzueta worked tirelessly in documenting Latino minorities in her own North Los Angeles, California neighborhood.
Through their photography and storytelling, I have been able to experience life in two very distinct parts of the world.
In my photography I focus mainly on long-term projects that center around social issues such as economic inequality, xenophobia, addiction, injustice, and daily life. I believe photography can honor people’s stories despite their difficult circumstances.
I’m currently based in Los Angeles, California and will receive my Associate in Arts degree in journalism and sociology from Mt. San Antonio College. I will continue my studies and transfer to a university and work towards my bachelor’s degree.