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1stGen : Video

“1stGen” is a photo series that concentrates on first generation Americans. These daughters of immigrants provide us with an inside look into our collective identity by recognizing the struggles and stories of brave immigrants, seeking a better life. As we take in the images of these women, we are celebrating the beauty of America and… Read more »

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1stGen : Maya

We have asked ourselves many times in our work and lives, “What does it mean to be American?” We drove across the country, lived in different cities, talked to many people, and when we looked in the mirror, we finally recognized the faces we were looking for. We are first generation Americans. We are the… Read more »

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1stGen : Ethel

We have asked ourselves many times in our work and lives, “What does it mean to be American?” We drove across the country, lived in different cities, talked to many people, and when we looked in the mirror, we finally recognized the faces we were looking for. We are first generation Americans. We are the… Read more »

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1stGen : Arpine

We have asked ourselves many times in our work and lives, “What does it mean to be American?” We drove across the country, lived in different cities, talked to many people, and when we looked in the mirror, we finally recognized the faces we were looking for. We are first generation Americans. We are the… Read more »

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1stGen : Chitra

We have asked ourselves many times in our work and lives, “What does it mean to be American?” We drove across the country, lived in different cities, talked to many people, and when we looked in the mirror, we finally recognized the faces we were looking for. We are first generation Americans. We are the… Read more »

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1stGen : Kajal

We have asked ourselves many times in our work and lives, “What does it mean to be American?” We drove across the country, lived in different cities, talked to many people, and when we looked in the mirror, we finally recognized the faces we were looking for. We are first generation Americans. We are the… Read more »

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Food and Race in America

A professor once told me, “Everything is political.” Whether or not you agree with his statement, I am here to prove to you that it is true, at least when it comes to food. Yes, food. The joyous, shared, delicious experience of a meal is as complicated as race, economics, and social justice. Today, our… Read more »

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Guadalupe: Goddess of Chicana Identity and Liberation

Guadalupe is everywhere. This depiction of the Virgin Mary hangs on rearview mirrors, splashes across city walls, and illuminates shrines in the most unexpected corners. From Mexico City, to Chicago, to Los Angeles, her image is both sacred and stylish, making its way into pop culture symbolism. Guadalupe is one example of the cultural continuum… Read more »

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Minimal LA (pt. 2)

Los Angeles is home to us here at ERAEM. The city may not be known for obvious architectural beauty, but, like every place in the world, its allure exists within its unique details. In another Minimal City Series we explore the shapes of a space in a simplified form. These captured moments are intimate, personifying… Read more »

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Minimal LA

Los Angeles is home to us here at ERAEM. The city may not be known for obvious architectural beauty, but, like every place in the world, its allure exists within its unique details. In another Minimal City Series we explore the shapes of a space in a simplified form. These captured moments are intimate, personifying… Read more »

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Garth Trinidad

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The Red American Party Cup: An Accidental Icon

I first discovered the European fascination with the red plastic party cup in college. Some French friends living in Los Angeles asked me to take them to a house party. “Please, please!” They begged, “Take us to one of those parties with the red cups, like we see in the movies!” From that moment on… Read more »

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THE SPLASH HOUSE EXPERIENCE

Splash House may seem like your typical electronic, bikini, tank top, drug-filled festival party, but it is so much more. Driving through the quiet suburban sprawl that is Palm Springs, one would never suspect a slew of wild parties were going down. Floating high above each pool, only a seemingly innocent rainbow balloon marked the… Read more »

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Touch More

When you meet a stranger you: (a) shake their hand (b) hug them (c) kiss them on the cheek (d) bow (e) panic. If you’ve traveled or had international friends you will find yourself in this situation again and again. It can be…awkward. Americans tend to go for the handshake, while in a country such… Read more »

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A Moment With Vanessa Bley of Twin Danger

The fragility of an ingenue with the allure of a villainess, Twin Danger’s leading lady put us under her spell. Our first encounter with Vanessa was in a dark speakeasy on a Sunday night. We descended into a Grammy afterparty with zero expectations. A band of New Yorkers filled the barely lifted stage. Ms. Bley, dressed… Read more »

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Meeting Martin Depict

Depict: a verb meaning to represent by painting; to portray; delineate. After hanging out with Martin, we realized he truly seeks a world of depiction, never imitation. Over dinner with the photographer/artist, we finally joined our worlds. We smiled and laughed without shying away from raw topics. Martin is a fighter; he made his own… Read more »

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The Best Party in Beirut

Beirutis love to party. Lebs in general maintain their cool, always hitting the trendiest spots. Sky Bar, Uruguay, White—whatever the latest club or cluster of bars. I’ve partied in Beirut since my teen years. It’s a great scene, but it got dull after a while. Men with their shirts half open cheers their bros while… Read more »

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The Outsider: Our Evening with starRo

Shinya (aka starRo) is an outsider. The weirdness of his perspective paired with his strong intuition has guided his craft from Japan to Los Angeles. Strange combinations have built his artistry and attracted a solid following. Now, with a new EP, starRo’s career is launching into its next destination: the stratosphere.  We met in a… Read more »

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Chola Chic: Chicana Couture in the Mainstream

Urban countercultures have penetrated the mainstream throughout history. The hip-hop aesthetic, gothic clothing, and skater grunge are all examples of this phenomenon. Like a new form of gentrification, style elements change quality according to context. Recently, one particular Los Angeles fashion figure has shown up to the trend party: the chola. We grew up in… Read more »

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INSTAFAME: Women on IG and the Push for Exposure

I am late to the Instagram game. Considering I work in media, my tardiness is a bit shameful. I made my account as a way to connect the world to our website and fuse my professional and social life. I discovered an entire realm of micro-celebrity in the process, exploring the endless universe of square… Read more »