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Portfolio: Gerald M. Panter

by Kara Fox

If you build it, they will come,” a memorable line from the film, Field of Dreams. Fred Beauford wanted to present a showcase for talented photographers in Neworld Review, and from that time on, unique photographers came, and keep coming! The latest such artist is Gerald M. Panter. For the past thirty-five years his passion has been urban photography, and in this issue of Neworld Review, it is a delight to present “Eating on The Run".

Photos from the Eating On The Run collection

"Eating on the Run” is the result of Mr. Panter's twelve year search for the quickly disappearing colorful free-standing hamburger, hot dog and taco stands warmly serving Angelenos eating on the run. He has photographed more than 200 of these colorful local neighborhood purveyors of fast food. In a documentary- artistic fashion he is helping to preserve an integral, unique and fast-disappearing part of Los Angeles culture and history. These icons of Los Angeles, fast food eateries, are examples of the American dream of having a business of one's own.

Still On The Run

Gerald Panter's gift as an urban photographer shines through in this work. His photography has taken him throughout the United States and Europe as he documents life, much like his admired Eugene Atget.

Panter’s photographs of New York City were included in the internationally-acclaimed “Here is New York” photo archive of the 2001 World Trade Center tragedy. In 2004, four of his photographs were accepted for inclusion in the library archives of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance. His work is included in the recently-published compendium of photographic images of Los Angeles, Looking at Los Angeles.

Final Stops

Mr. Panter's photographs of Paris were part of a major exhibition hosted by the French Consul General in Los Angeles. His work sits in many private collections and he has been shown in many galleries. It is a pleasure to present to you, our readers, the valuable work of Gerald M. Panter. 

Gerald Panter has been invited by Photo Friends of the Los Angeles Public Library (as part of their "The Photographer's Eye" lecture series) to present a slideshow and lecture on his "Eating on the Run" project. The free one-hour presentation will begin at noon on November 2, 2011 in meeting room A, just off the Fifth Street entrance of the downtown central library.

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(Show your library card at the information desk to receive a validation for reduced parking rate.)

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