Lisa Law

Birthdate:August 3, 1943

Education: A self-taught photographer and director, Lisa started "documenting her life" at age 6 using her dad's camera. At the beginning of the 1960s, she started working as a personal assistant to a manager of various rock bands and taking pictures of musicians; later her subjects included the protesters, Woodstock hippies, and Native Americans around her.

Aesthetic: Because of her relationships with her subjects, her pictures are intimate and moving. A chronicler of the sociocultural movements of her times, she sees her camera as "a peaceful weapon aimed at awakening consciousness."

Influences: The photographer Dorothea Lange was for Lisa Law, "capable of capturing the distress of the victims of the Great Depression, going unhesitatingly into their homes."

Wombat Portfolio: In May of 1966, Lisa, her husband and his brother lived in a community of friends in a manor house they dubbed "the Castle" in the Hollywood hills. They rented rooms out to people like the Velvet Underground, in town for a series of concerts, forging friendships with the band members. Lisa, who photographed everything around her, would immortalize the band at the Castle, and at Trip, the club where they performed.

Currently: The photos in Lisa Law's book Flashing on the Sixties and her film of the same name have just been shown at El Museo Cultural in Santa Fe.

Discover Lisa Law's photographies in Wombat Portfolio N°22.

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