Gusmano Cesaretti is a self-taught photographer and artist from Lucca, Italy. Cesaretti has worked closely with directors Michael Mann, Tony Scott and Mark Forster as a visual consultant, producer and second unit director on many feature films, playing a vital role in creating the look and feel of Last of the Mohicans, The Insider, Public Enemies, The Taking of Pelham 123, Quantum of Solace, Collateral, Heat, Miami Vice, Black Hat, Manhunter and Ali.
One of the first photographers to document the East Los Angeles street culture as early as 1970, Cesaretti immersed himself in the chicano lifestyle. His photographs of this era celebrated a sub-culture that had rarely been captured before. Cesaretti curated numerous exhibitions, beginning with projects at his gallery Cityscape Foto, founded in Pasadena, California in 1977. His work was featured in the 2010 groundbreaking show Art in the Streets at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles) in which he was also actively involved in arranging major works by Los Angeles graffiti writers and creating a dedicated section of the exhibit to The Chosen Few motorcycle club.
In 2014 he began publishing Los Angeles FOTOFOLIO, an underground journal of black and white photography by well-known and emerging photographers, freely distributed in New York, Paris, London and Mexico City. Cesaretti’s photographs have been exhibited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University, Roberts & Tilton Gallery and in 2008 he participated in a major collaborative exhibition titled This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in Los Angeles Photographs at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens (San Marino). His works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art (Los Angeles) and the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C). Select photographs from Cesaretti’s vast archive have been published in several books including Street Writers – A Guided Tour of Chicano Graffiti (Acrobat U.S.A. 1975), 5 x 5 = 24 (xx Kabuki, U.S.A. 1979), 8 EZ STEPS (Arte Povera – Gato Negro, Mexico 2015), This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscapes in Los Angeles Photographs (Merrill Publishers Ltd, London 2008), Fragments of Los Angeles 1969-1989 (Damiani Books, Italy 2013), Dentro Le Mura/Inside the Walls (Arte Povera, 2014), and Maria Sabina: En Busca de Cristo Negro / In Search of Black Christ (Arte Povera – Gato Negro in association with Conaculata Mexico, 2014).
Kurt Mangum is a fine-art photographer who lives and works in Los Angeles. His photos have been exhibited in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles and published in numerous magazines including Black Book, Bon, Anthem, Korean Vogue and Muse. Mangum’s photographs have been featured as album artwork for various musicians including the LP box set project, A Room Forever. His work was also included in PLAYGROUND, the limited-edition art book created and curated by Zach Gold, now part of the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art, New York.