The concept was simple: Los Angeles-based photographer Sean Maung would hit up the corners of major intersections throughout the City of Angels, where he would set up a quick, make-shift studio, and invited anyone that caught his attention to come and have their portrait taken. The result is a captivating and comprehensive look at the real people of LA; vibrant characters that make up the unique melting pot that included working class folks, sex workers, skaters, punks, hippies and gangsters.
“When it’s hot, Venice and Santa Monica got everybody wanting to get naked. Girls like to get ratchet for the people at clubs, poppin’ with no discretion.”
This pursuit for the perfect shot allowed the photographer–who’s day job is to teach substance abuse to parolees–to roam from Crenshaw & Slauson to Normandy & Beverly, and Santa Monica & Western, hitting up block parties on Venice Beach to Skid Row’s tent city and then some. In addition to the people of the streets, Muang linked up with local names such as Long Beach rapper Vince Staple, LA streetwear imprint Born x Raised’s co-founder Spanto, and Social personality Isabella Ferrada to name a few. With all this raw material, Muang has compiled the series into his latest zine–the photographer’s 11th in total–dubbed All Knowing.
As for words from the man himself on the whole project and the social landscape he traverses, Maung tells Dazed Digital, “Socially, I’m constantly absorbing the people. Swap meets with barbershops and nachos, gay paisa cowboy clubs, hourly motels with beautiful neon signs on Figueroa. When it’s hot, Venice and Santa Monica got everybody wanting to get naked. Girls like to get ratchet for the people at clubs, poppin’ with no discretion. Streetwalkers looking fly and in their colorful lingerie for the men in cars. So yea I’m curious out here.” The All Knowing zine officially launches during the Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair this February 24-26, but for now, peep a few excerpts above, and be sure to check out more of Sean Maung’s work here.