A city without people

Thanks to The Road (book and film!), any vision of familiar bustling metropolises quiet without the hum of human life becomes one of apocalyptic horror. But get past it! Because Matt Logue’s new photo collection (also available as a handsome book),Empty L.A., is startling, strangely beautiful and definitely worth a careful look.

Logue delivers a literal interpretation of his title: a Los Angeles devoid of inhabitants—no freeway traffic jams, cars, crowded sidewalks or, really, any people at all. Instead, the city has been stripped bare to its concrete bones, creating haunting and eerily empty canyons, playgrounds and beaches. The photos were made over a period of four years, and perhaps it won’t come as a surprise that Logue works for L.A.’s biggest industry: the movies.

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