Jim Dow has been all over the Western Hemisphere. We always catch him on the tail end of a trip to Mexico, or just as he’s packing his bags for Argentina. Dow is obsessed with taco trucks and carritos, the food stands that provide sustenance and local flavor with a small footprint. His latest images are a study of difference, photographic comparisons that hint at the cultural differences these shops embody.
Taco trucks in California are far removed from the carritos and choripan places in Mexico, Uruguay, and Argentina. Writes Dow, “the taqueria, carrito and choripan stand owners and their workers may not have money or social position but they are a static part of the national fabric in Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay.” In California, “the trucks represent a mobile diaspora, always on the move.”
So before Jim heads off to the next locale, take a look at these appetizing photographs. Just one and your mouth will start to water.
Taco Truck El Mar Azul, Cypress Park, Los Angeles, California, 2008
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When Yumiko Izu stopped by our booth at the AIPAD Photography Show New York earlier this month, she brought with her a beautiful wooden box filled with chocolates. Somehow she knew that, in the middle of a hectic week away from home, dark chocolate, almonds, and sea salt would make the show a little better. A friend of the gallery for years, Yumi is as gracious and thoughtful behind the camera as she is in person. She has quietly gained an audience around the world with her recent series of photographs: Secret Garden Blanc/Noir. To celebrate the work, we asked Yumi to answer our five “In the Studio” questions.
Tripod Blog: Tell us about your studio space.
Yumiko Izu: I share the studio with my husband and partner, Kenro Izu. We had the idea of making our dream studio on our property in upstate New York about 10 years ago, when we were still working in New York City. At last, in 2009, we started the construction; we finished the renovation and moved into the new studio by late 2010. Inside 150 year old barn timber frames carefully refurbished and installed, there is a daylight studio, a gallery space and storage space upstairs. Additionally, there is a small strobe light studio, digital production area, office and workshop downstairs. I usually use the studio upstairs for my projects, overlooking a lake through French doors. Being surrounded by nature, this gives me inspiration. Also, we share a darkroom in the next town for all our platinum printing needs. I currently feel very grateful to be in this kind of peaceful working environment.
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