For several years I’ve been photographing payphones. As sometimes happens with a documentary filmmaker, what started as a simple hobby evolved into a full-blown project. But rather than organizing my material into a traditional linear story, Instagram has become the medium for this ongoing exploration of the rapidly disappearing public phone in Los Angeles. Unless noted, all photos and videos are shot by myself on my Pixel 2/3 smart phone – adding a deliciously ironic subtext to the entire project.
Taken before I turned on GPS, exact location unknown. Possibly north side of Melrose, west of the 101.
17803 Clark Ave, Bellflower, CA 90706
"No pity" - an apt motto for the payphones of Los Angeles.
1934 N Cahuenga Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90068
What do you say @losangeles_city
, mebbe we could use a trash can here?
800 S Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA 90057
4236 Eagle Rock Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90065
Happy Birthday to my niece, who turns 6 this week!! 🎉✌️Submitted by @sarahgreenmomster
3341 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
After a lovely meal at Tam O'Shanter, I had to huddle into a bush to get this snap. Impossible to back up far enough to get it squared up, as is my preference. And what that #redsolocup is doing there, ...
131 S Ave 57
Los Angeles, CA 90042
3700 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019
I carry a notebook with me right in my wallet at all times. Was thumbing through an old, filled-up one, and came across this illustration of a payphone done from memory. Judging by the dates surrounding it in my notebook, ...
Many will have seen this one before, on 3rd St Promenade in Santa Monica. You can just peep there are two more pristine booths behind this one as well.
1441 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Concrete proof (pic 2) this phone is still working!
5 W Foothill Blvd, Arcadia, CA 91006
I haven't seen a payphone quite like this, both in its design as well as its remnants. Anyone know what the conical piece of inner anatomy is (pic 3)? I should think every payphone would have the same feature, but ...