Articles Tagged with: Pasadena
Paul Jasmin | California Dreaming

Paul Jasmin, a Los Angeles based photographer and instructor at Pasadena’s Art Center, has a new book out, California Dreaming.

Jason Wilder, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2007

Jason Wilder, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2007

Many of the photographs have been shot in and around my apartment on Wilshire Blvd. A lot of them where done just a bit more than one year ago, especially for the book. So most of the images are from the last two years.

– Paul Jasmin

Haddawy Home, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2006

Haddawy Home, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2006

The older I get, the more I realize that it´s all about dreams. That´s why I like California – it´s all about dreaming. Especially when your young, it´s the dream that keeps you going. That´s what I enjoy taking pictures of, these young people, dreamers, striving to become an actor, a model or an artist. Many of the images in the book are of kids of friends.

– Paul Jasmin

Laura, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2009

Laura, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2009

All my images are from a movie in one way or another. It´s a sort of romanticism. They reflects alot of me in that age – I was born in Montana but I wanted to go to Hollywod and become an actor.

– Paul Jasmin

Paul Jasmin’s Home, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2009

Paul Jasmin’s Home, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2009

Stas, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2006

Stas, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2006

Chateau Marmont, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2008

Chateau Marmont, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2008

Jonelle, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2009

Jonelle, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2009

Valeria, Lancaster, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2008

Valeria, Lancaster, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2008

Teresa, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2007

Teresa, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin 2007

Jerreth, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin, 2009

Jerreth, California Dreaming © Paul Jasmin, 2009


Portrait of the Artist’s Wife, Jeanne Hebuterne, 1918 | Amedeo Modigliani

My favorite Modigliani is in one of the great gems of Los Angeles, the permanent collection in the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. Many times I would pay the eight dollar admission, ignore the rest of the museum and just sit in front of this portrait with its tragic caption:

This work depicts Jeanne Hebuterne, wife of the artist, whom he met in 1917. Modigliani died of tubercular meningitis in 1920. Despondent over his death, Jeanne committed suicide the following morning. She was nine months pregnant with their second child.

Now that I am in New York, there are many more Modigliani’s, especially at the Met. But none come close to the one in Pasadena, the one with the slate grey eyes.

Portrait of the Artist's Wife, Jeanne Hebuterne, 1918, Amedeo Modigliani

Portrait of the Artist's Wife, Jeanne Hebuterne, 1918, Amedeo Modigliani