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LAist Interview: Craig Havens

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Ed Note: We postponed publication of Monday's LAist Interview until today in honor of the Independence Day holiday.

Craig Havens, a graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, is a fine art photographer whose commercial assignments have appeared in magazines such as Rolling Stone, JANE, Los Angeles Magazine, WYWS, and Detour. In 2004 he became the first American photographer to be honored with a solo exhibition at the Grand Hall Artists Union in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Craig's first featured exhibit in LA, "Soundings" and "Opal," will be on view at the Create:Fixate 2nd Annual All-Photography Show and “Optical Lounge and Audio Lab" on Saturday, July 16th from 7 PM to 2 AM in the mezzanine of the Spring Arts Tower, a refurbished Art Deco Bank Building in the heart of Gallery Row in downtown Los Angeles.

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The main exhibit, "Soundings," is comprised of a series of large format black and white silver gelatin prints, showcasing seductive images taken on the edge of night.

Craig is at the forefront of not just of the burgeoning downtown arts scene, but also of the entire downtown revitalization.

Downtown loft developer, Tom Gilmore, has commissioned Craig to document the renovation and development of Gilmore Associate's latest project, the St. Vibiana development, and all the firm's upcoming redevelopment projects. Plans are also afoot to publish “St. Vibiana: Then And Now”, a showcase featuring the photographs of both Craig and legendary photographer Julius Shulman.

Craig’s next assignments include a book on the history of Blue Note Records and a project with Diane Keaton involving Southern California architecture.

Age and Occupation:
30, fine art photographer

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How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and which neighborhood do you live in?:
Since 1993, Chavez Ravine in downtown Los Angeles

Why do you choose to live in Los Angeles?
It’s the next thing. I like the mix of cultures and its abundance in subject matter. You could look at Los Angeles your whole life and never see the entire city.