My father was a Reserve Police Officer with the Pasadena Police Department and I used to tag along with him around the station.By the time I was eight I had seen my first dead guy and gone on my first “Code 3” run in a police car; plus I got to know a lot of officers.
Through a series of events I ended up at Arizona State University in the fall of 1984 as a Photography major.
While in Tamarra Kaida’s class I needed a documentary project to photograph during spring break.Somehow the idea of photographing the Pasadena Police Department came up and my dad made the arrangements.
Northwest Pasadena in the mid 1980’s was crazy, lots of rock cocaine and gangs.I saw plenty right out of the gate and got some decent images.I shared the images with Bill Jenkins who suggested I put a wide angle lens on my camera which would force me to move closer to my subject matter; the result was huge.
I continued the series during summer and ended up becoming a technical reserve working in the photo lab during the day then photographing on the street at night.The supervisors all knew me from when I was kid and I soon built some rapport with the newer officers.Very quickly I was allowed almost unlimited access.I spent over 1,000 hours on the street photographing.
Before I graduated I had decided to become a Police Officer.From doing this series I found I liked the job and I realized the schedule would allow me plenty of time to continue photographing.I didn’t want to be a press photographer where I had no control, or ownership, of my images.
I worked at the Chino Police Department for 20 years before being retired medically in 2008.I worked mostly Patrol but I also was Detective for almost four years. I continued photographing law enforcement while at Chino but in a more limited capacity because of my job duties.
In the simplest of terms these photographs document Pasadena PD, in the 1980’s, from an officers’ perspective.
Disclaimer - The images in this series document specific moments in time and the descriptions accompanying these images are solely meant to help the viewer understand the situation. Individuals pictured may not have been charged with a crime and for those arrested their conviction status is unknown. You should not assume that any individuals pictured were convicted of any crimes.
(12/1/85) Officer Kevin Hall at the Do Dah Parade.
(6/7/86) Agent Lee Baroni with "Duster" (subject under the influence of PCP) who attacked patrol car
(6/27/85) Officer Bill Walton "Welcome to Hell"
(6/15/85) Officer Randy Taylor Issuing a citation on Lincoln Avenue.
(3/14/86) Officer Banuelos and Agent Olquin arrest DUI suspect who was resisting
(8/17/85) Officer Tom Delgado with Raymond Avenue Crip
(11/30/85) Sgt. Oldfield watches "Duster" being loaded in to patrol car
(8/7/86) Officers Riddle and Ware at 849 N. Summit searching for rock cocaine sales suspect
(8/7/86) 525 Rio Grande, "Buy Bust" operation for Rock Cocaine sales
(6/7/86) Agent Olquin holds rock cocaine found in sales suspect's money. Officers Eldrige, Villalovos, and Aldecoa
(7-22-86) Officers arresting cocaine sales suspect who ran
(2/20/87) Officers Capuano, Vicino, and Bryant detaining suspect during "Buy Bust"
(March 1987) Officers Ware and Craddolph during narcotics investigation search warrant
(8/7/86) Officer Ruben Chaivera with Miss "Queen Bee" Taylor
(March 1987) Officers Delgado and Meza arrest suspect during "Buy Bust"
(3/21/87) Officer Compton with gun found during narcotics search warrant
(3/21/87) Officer Meza with dog shot during narcotics search warrant
(1/17/86) Officer Lionel Wilson's locker after having to shoot a dog.
(1/3/86) Officers Hal Edwards, Matt Harrell, Mark Rangel, and Don Osterholt
(1/18/86) Officer Bob Johnson checking his shotgun at beginning of watch
(1/17/86) Officer Gary Capuano "Caps"
(3/15/86) Officer Jim Deal heading out to start his shift
(6/27/85) Officers Derrick Carter and George Vidal starting their watch
(6/14/86) Officers Crawford and Uribe at the Pasadena Centennial Parade.
(3/11/86) Officer Scott Crawford at the Green Hotel fire.
(3/11/86) Agent DuWayne Moe gives FST's to DUI driver while Officer Bob Lomeli translates.
(8/22/86) Officers Capuano, Delgado, and Craddolph with suspect who crashed his motorcycle during a pursuit.
(8/8/85) Agent Lionel Salgado looking for rock cocaine in suspected Crip's mouth.
(7/22/86) Officers Taylor and Blanchard with cocaine sales suspect after foot pursuit.
(7/9/86) Agent Calvin Pratt dusting for fingerprints in recovered stolen vehicle
(6/5/86) Officer Don Osterholt
(12/26/85) Agent Lionel Salgado and Officer Gary Capuano
(8/21/86) Evidence room
(8/2/86) Sergeant Tom Oldfield in Pasadena's Jail Facility.
(12/31/86) Lt. Burwell on Rose Parade Route (Lake and Colorado)
(1/25/87) Motor Officers on field for Super Bowl XXI (held at the Rose Bowl)
(1/3/86) Sgt. Frank Wills and Officer Paul Gales at DUI TC scene. Fair Oaks and Tremont.
(1/3/86) Agent Ron Hillary interviews DUI TC suspect
(8/8/85) Detective Lt. Whitaker holding photo of homicide victim in her apartment
(10/4/85) Officers Gales and Rangel in "18" (the report writing room).
(1/18/86) Officers Randy Taylor and Rick Aversano
(7/6/85) Officer Gary Capuano with subject giving Denver Blood's gang signs.
(7/6/85) Special Enforcement Team (S.E.T.) members with girl in Northwest Pasadena
Officers Blanchard, Osterholt, and Johnson carry suspected "Duster" (PCP influence)
(7/18/85) Officers Bradley and Sherwood with packaged "Sherm" sticks (Sherman cigarettes dipped in PCP) in front of 849 N. Summit.
(1/25/87) Officer Jim Shear on the field for Super Bowl XXI at the Rose Bowl.
I began photographing at Santa Anita in 1987. I went there initially just looking for images of people interacting with one another for my City Series. Living in Pasadena at the time I found it hard locating placing in Los Angeles to photograph which had the same activity and interaction as you find in places like New York or Chicago. I soon found myself photographing the horses and the entire experience.
Santa Anita is one of the few places I really feel at home. I am a romantic, so I enjoy the tradition of the sport, the ritual with the race routine, and the beauty of the location. Santa Anita is a gorgeous art deco building with an amazing view of the San Gabriel mountains. It is unique in that is the only racetrack with a turf course than comes down off the hill.
I photographed at the track over a couple years and was showing my work in Sierra Madre when I met Jane Goldstein who was Santa Anita's Director of Communications. She liked my images and asked what I was intending to do with them. I said a book project most likely. She soon gave me a credential and in 1991 I published my "Santa Anita" book. I continue to photograph at Santa Anita and I intend to release another smaller run book encompassing the whole period of time I have been photographing there.
"Untitled" Two girls on Michigan Avenue, Chicago 8/25/91
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"Untitled" New York City 3/27/12
"Untitled" View of the World Trade Center from the Empire State Building, New York. 9-05-00
"Untitled" New York Stock Exchange, New York 5/12/94
"Untitled" Basketball under the Brooklyn Bridge - New York City 8/15/88
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"Untitled" Abandoned Michigan Central Train Station, Detroit 5/10/97
"Untitled" Pike Street Market, Seattle 8/19/19
"Untitled" #1 Cable Car, San Francisco 6/26/92
"Untitled" San Francisco, California 6/26/92
"Untitled" Father Serra statue, Los Angeles 5-29-95
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"Untitled" Paris Photo LA at Paramount Studios - Hollywood, California 2013
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"Untitled" Opening Day at Del Mar Racetrack, California 7/20/11
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Los Angeles, California 2013
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"Untitled" Chicago, Illinois
LAW ENFORCEMENT SERIES
After I did my Pasadena PD Series I continued photographing law enforcement throughout my career as a Police Officer. I first photographed my class at the Rio Hondo Police Academy then I continued photographing at Chino PD where I worked 20 years as a Police Officer and Detective. I also spent some time photographing other agencies over the years either on ride-alongs or in passing.
Disclaimer - The images in this series document specific moments in time and the descriptions accompanying these images are solely meant to help the viewer understand the situation. Individuals pictured may not have been charged with crime and for those arrested their conviction status is unknown. You should not assume that any individuals pictured were convicted of any crimes.
Motors for Russ Miller's funeral procession 2-07-00
Officer Russ Miller's Funeral, Chino PD 2-07-00
San Francisco PD Officers at California State Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony. 5-4-01
SFPD widow at California State Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony 5-04-01
National Law Enforcement Memorial - Washington DC 5-14-01
The Killing Fields - Rio Hondo Police Academy Whittier, California May 1987
Washington Square, New York City 8-11-88
"Untitled" Chicago Officer outside of Wrigley Field 9/5/92
Chino PD Range Training at CIM - Chino, California 4-13-95
Dawn search warrant on 5th Street. Chino, California 5-4-95
Chino PD Officer Tom Aguilar with Hells Angel. Monte Vista & "D" Street - Chino California 5-18-95
Burglary suspects' car after pit maneuver. Highway 71 and Chino Hills Parkway. Chino Hills, California 9-28-01
Electrocution victim, 5200 block Washington. Sergeant McMullin and Corporal Briones. Chino, California 7-07-01
Homicide ("Body Dump") 60 Freeway overpass at East End. Detective McMullin and Detective Sergeant Beckman. Chino, California 7-21-89
Officer Franco and Sergeant Bussard on felony car stop of a stolen vehicle. Chino, California 3-15-02
WRIGLEY - FENWAY - TIGER
Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, and Tiger Stadium
When I began this series in 1987 Wrigley Field still did not have lights for night games. Now Tiger Stadium is a dirt lot (although still with a baseball diamond there; named in honor Ernie Harwell), and both Fenway and Wrigley have seen massive upgrades and modernization changes.
I see Baseball as symbolic of American culture in many ways and felt that photographing the three oldest ballparks was a great way to document our society, the current era, and examine our past. Now that the series is over 30 years old I have also been able to document change as well.
Deivi Cruz turning a double play - Tiger Stadium 5/10/97
Omar Vizquel on deck - Tiger Stadium 5/10/97
Tiger Stadium 5/8/99
Cleveland fans at The Batters Box Bar - Tiger Stadium 5/10/97
Tiger Stadium 5/9/99
Around 1983 three friends and I did a road trip out to Arizona for Spring Training. There was beer consumption and some minor depravity along with taking in several Cactus League games. The highlight for me was interacting with Cubs announcer Harry Caray, who was easily accessible back then. Hohokam Park , like most parks , was pretty simple. It had Aluminum benches up below the press box which was pretty much a table above the last row of seats. You could stand up and talk face to face with the announcers almost. We were sitting just below the press box with a cooler full of beers (yes you could actually bring your own beer back then) taking in a Cubs game. We had pissed off Cubs announcer Lou Boudreau because we kept trying to get Harry's attention and ignored him (Lou was a Hall of Fame player in his day and seemed tired of Harry's cult following). Harry sang the 7th inning stretch as was customary in Chicago after we all called for him to sing it. Afterword he remarked to all of close by "I remember the first time they asked me to sing during the stretch, they asked me what key I wanted it in and I replied 'the only key I am familiar with is whiskey'" then he started laughing. I tell this story because it is an example of the type of intimacy you could find at spring training, especially back in the 1980's.
I ended up attending Arizona State University and spent most of my March afternoons at different ballparks watching Cactus League games. Things were lax back then and it was not the profit driven product Spring Training is today. In Tempe I knew which gate was always left unlocked and unattended and in Scottsdale when they oversold the Giants games they would let fans sit on the field in foul territory beyond the bullpens. Scottsdale was my favorite place to photograph because I at first didn't have a credential. I just put a long lens on my camera and they would let me right on the field every time no questions asked. Finally Dave Aust their Media Director caught on but when he learned that I was working on a long term project documenting the Cactus League he game me credentials.
I continued photographing Cactus League games after I graduated and have done so the past 30 plus years. Some years I don't make it out but overall I have been able documented all the changes and all the things that have stayed the same.
For me baseball represents America, and Spring Training is the game in a pure form. There are players trying to make it, players trying to hang on to their careers, and other just preparing. It is a social scene, it is tradition, it is our culture. As a documentary photographer it is a subject matter I understand and enjoy. I always feel like going to spring training is like hitting a mile marker in life, another start to another summer. The Cactus League was definitely more intimate back in the 1980's when you could actually get to know players. But the world and the sport itself have become big business oriented so it is understandable spring training would follow. It is still more intimate than a regular season game and I like the casual pace since the games really don't matter.
This series documents the Cactus League for the last 30 years and in so mirrors our society during that time.
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Don Zimmer, Manager Roger Craig, Bob Lilly, and Jose Morales - Scottsdale Stadium
CL-051 #38 3-28-86 Chris Brown
CL-051 #40 3-28-86 Jeff Leonard
CL-070 #26 4-3-86 Danny Tartabull and Phil Bradley
CL-023 #18 3-23-86 Bill Fahey & Norm Sherry
Giants Bullpen - Scottsdale Stadium
CL-026 #03 3-23-86
CL-079 #18 4-02-86 Robin Yount
CL-081 #05 4-2-86 Robin Yount
CL-117 #15 3-14-88 Ken Griffey Jr.
19 year old Ken Griffey Junior a year before his Major League debut
CL-122 #22 3-15-88 Brian Downing
CL-146 #29 3-14-89
Fan above left field fence - Tempe Diablo Stadium
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Gary Sheffield and Brewers at Scottsdale Stadium
CL-153 #31 Glenn Braggs
CL-154 #13 3-16-89 Donnell Nixon
CL-160 #08 3-17-89 Luis Aguayo
Hi Corbett Field - Tucson, Arizona
CL-184 #30 4-1-90 Scottsdale Stadium
Beer vendor who's call is "Ice Cold Brew You Know What to Do"
CL-193 #14 3-29-91 Albert Belle
Palm Springs, California
CL-219 #14 3-26-02 Mark the Beer Guy
Hohokam Park - Mesa
CL-220 #15 3-26-02 Sammy Sosa HR
Hohokam Park - Mesa
CL-223 #26 3-26-02 Ronnie "Woo Woo" Wickers
Hohokam Park - Mesa
CL-250 #20 3-13-03 Tim Salmon
CL-259 #14A 3-14-03 Fullmer, Eckstein, and Kennedy
In 1984, while travelling in New Zealand, I was drawn in to a small cemetery in Queenstown. While walking up Brecon Street to get on the Skyline Gondola ride this old cemetery caught my eye and the next thing I knew I was in there photographing. At the time I was not serious about photography and I wasn't looking for anything like that to photograph. I didn't understand what was going on but the feeling I had photographing the headstones was so intense that I knew it was an important moment in my life, I just didn't know why at that time. I photographed a whole roll of film then went on my way to the tram. Several years later, after I was at ASU as a photography major, I revisited the images from Queenstown and realized this incident in the cemetery was most likely God revealing my path in life to me, that he put me here to photograph. It just took me a while to figure it out.
My Cemetery Series is not about the experience I had in Queenstown but I prefaced my statement about this series with that story so the viewer can understand there is deeper personal meaning with this series. With the Cemetery Series I am interested in documenting how people memorialize their lives. As a parent I know how much goes in to raising someone, from my own life I know how many different experiences and accomplishments I have had, and I find it interesting how a person takes all those life experiences and sums it up on a head stone or marker. I find it interesting how cemeteries in different regions are dissimilar or similar to each other and I find the history component very intriguing. I like comparing the markers of different people especially well know figures. I also am usually very introspective when photographing in cemeteries and dealing with the images after, I often use that time as an opportunity to focus on where I am in life and where I want to be. When I travel I usually seek out a cemetery on the way and I envision this series to be a life long body of work.
"The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980" exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. Up until January 11, 2015. This Winogrand image is one of my all time favorite images.
Alyssa Valentine at "The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, 1960–1980" exhibition. The Art Institute of Chicago , November 2014
George Eastman House - November 2014
With Jamie Allen, Assistant Curator at George Eastman House - November 2014
NPR's Alex Cohen, co-host of Take Two, after interview. November 2014
Pasadena Star News - Interview by Lauren Gold November 2014
Medium Festival of Photography
(11/8/13) Medium Founder Scott B. Davis and staff members Anna-Leigh Zinga and Diana Matthews. (Photo-Bomb Chuck Mobley SF Camerwork) - San Diego
Paris Photo LA 2014
Paramount Studios - Los Angeles
WEEGEE exhibition at ICP - New York , March 2012
Fenway Park 2003
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William Karl Valentine and Helmut Gernsheim - ASU 1985
11/13/86 Northlight Gallery - Arizona State University
First exhibition of my Pasadena PD Series
10/24/85 Phototerrorism project - Cedric Lowmack, William Karl Valentine, Phil Konomos, Mark & Tamarra Kaida. Arizona State University