Ed Ruscha

Some Los Angeles Apartments
Ed Ruscha, 1965

In 1965, Ruscha published the artist book Some Los Angeles Apartments. Here he photographed dingbats (among other apartment types) with the same sensibility of a government salaried surveyor or that of the Bechers, the influential photographers who spawned a tradition (the Düsseldorf School of Photography) focused on revealing typologies through a straightforward documentary-style. Ruscha effectively frames the dingbat, previously understood as common kitsch construction, as an artifact and phenomenon worthy of examination.