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Don Normark, who photographed Chavez Ravine residents, dies at 86
Don Normark, who photographed Chavez Ravine residents, dies at 86

In late 1948, before the bulldozers came, 19-year-old photography student Don Normark stumbled upon a tranquil enclave of poor Mexican Americans in the hills above downtown Los Angeles. Its residents eyed him curiously at first, this skinny man with a box camera who didn't speak Spanish. Yet he won their trust, returning a dozen times over the next months to create telling images of families with few luxuries but a kinship that tied them to the land and one another. "I began to think I had found a poor man's Shangri-la," Normark wrote decades later of the scenes he was allowed to record, from a quiet moment on an old man's ramshackle stoop to a big day for a young girl in a brilliant...

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