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LAist Interview: Austin Young of The Fallen Fruit Project

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Austin Young is our final respondent from the Fallen Fruit Project, which, incidentally, is about more than a couple of guys wandering the streets with a fruit picker and paper bags. This group also makes art. Their work is on view at these locations through the end of the month: Civic Matters exhibit at LACE and the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art downtown.

Co-founder Austin Young is a photographer and filmmaker. His work appears in Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine, Surface, Flaunt, Vogue, Spin, Rolling Stone, Q, and many others. His portraits include photos of Leigh Bowery, Lypsinka, Siouxsie Sioux, Nina Hagen, Debbie Harry, Margaret Cho, Sandra Bernhard, Ziyi Zhang, Skinny Puppy, Mark Almond, Ann Magnuson, and Amy Poehler. Taschen Books included Austin's website,, in its latest book, TASCHEN's 1000 Favorite Websites. He's currently working on a feature length documentary, "Queen of The Boogie," about torch singer Hadda Brooks. Austin's solo show is on view until April 7th at The Advocate and Gochis Galleries, at The Village on 1125 McCadden in Hollywood. He is also co-curating the upcoming Open Architecture exhibit, held March 24 through the 31st in conjunction with the Silver Lake Film Festival. When does this guy sleep?

Age and Occupation:
36, photographer (, film maker.

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How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and which neighborhood do you live in?
I've lived in Silver Lake for 6 years now.

Why do you live in Los Angeles?
I love it here! I rarely leave Silver Lake. It's so beautiful, green, peaceful.