Iron: Erecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall

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Photographer Gil Garcetti had unparalleled access to the Walt Disney Concert Hall construction site. The personal relationships he developed with the workers over the course of many months and his admiration for their artistry are evident in the moving portraits contained in this book. Garcetti’s evocative images, reproduced in rich duotones, bring to life the romantic ideal of American industry.

Gil Garcetti

Gil's lifelong love for photography began with his first camera, a gift on his thirteenth birthday from his father, who was a barber in South Los Angeles. Through his photographs, Gil discovered he could share his unique vision of the world, finding beauty in the overlooked, as well as the grand. In addition to his photography, Gil became chairman of the California Science Center Foundation in 2019. He is a producer of the hit CBS series, ALL RISE, having been a producer of the TV series THE CLOSER and MAJOR CRIMES. Gil is a frequent speaker on subjects he photographs and on social change; he is a leader in the effort to eliminate the death penalty in California. He was a teaching Fellow at the Harvard University Kennedy School and President of the LA City Ethics Commission.

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Photographer Gil Garcetti had unparalleled access to the Walt Disney Concert Hall construction site. The personal relationships he developed with the workers over the course of many months and his admiration for their artistry are evident in the moving portraits contained in this book. Garcetti’s evocative images, reproduced in rich duotones, bring to life the romantic ideal of American industry.

“The Walt Disney Concert Hall will be a feast for your eyes, ears, and spirits. Whether or not you are one of the lucky people who will attend a performance, I hope this book will give you a deeper appreciation for this building. It is the result of the collaborative efforts of various individuals who have great dreams, commitment, stamina, and professional abilities. From the architects to the general contractor, structural engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, acoustical consultants, theater consultants, landscape architects, and ultimately to the trades people who actually put the building together as you see it, these are the men and women who made this building possible. Perhaps these images will increase the awe and respect you have not just for the building, but also for the people who built it. If so, then this photographic project will indeed have been successful.” —GIL GARCETTI

Additional information

Weight 0.5 lbs
Dimensions 56 × 23 × 27 in
About

Softcover, 144 pages, Foreword by Frank O. Gehry

ISBN

1-890449-15-6

3 reviews for Iron: Erecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall

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    Frank O. Gehry, Architect

    “Erection stories tend to be overlooked and it is my hope that this book will draw attention to the forgotten heroes of architecture. For them, ironwork is more than a job. It is a calling. The vast majority of the population will never realize the significance of their fundamental role in this project. I am delighted that Gil’s book honors the workers that make our designs a reality.”

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    Esa-Pekka Salonen, Music Director, Los Angeles Philharmonic

    “As I have watched the Walt Disney Concert Hall take shape at the hands of these amazing craftsmen and potential has become reality, I am deeply moved by the work and dedication that have gone into making this masterpiece for Los Angeles.”

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    David Hume Kennerly, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographer

    “Gil Garcetti’s Iron: Erecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall is a magnificent photographic work which evokes memories of Lewis Hine’s ‘Men at Work’, Horace Bristol’s Bay Bridge series, and Eugene Smith’s Pittsburgh essay. Garcetti has elegantly captured the dignity and grit of the ironworkers as they crafted Frank Gehry’s unique vision into steel-solid reality. These photographs, like the building itself, will stand the test of time.”

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