L.A. Times Photos: Best of January

Small American flags fill a grassy field, with the U.S. Capitol far in the background.
The National Mall is decorated with U.S. flags and flags from the 50 states and territories on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 in Washington, D.C., a day before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
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In January, Times photojournalists spanned the Southland covering more than 300 assignments, from the sandy — and, for a moment, icy — shores, to deep inside hospital ICUs impacted by the pandemic. Our photographers traveled as far as the nation’s capital, where we covered the unrest surrounding the inauguration of President Biden. We (ate) photographed some Filipino food in Eagle Rock for our Food section (and it was delicious). In entertainment, we got to meet Andra Day and Leslie Odom Jr. along with more rising stars. And after a year, Los Angeles still mourns the loss of Kobe and Gigi.

The Los Angeles Times Photo Department proudly presents to you this month as captured by our world-class photojournalists.

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A man with a camera stands in the middle of an empty Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena on New Year's Day.
PASADENA, CALIF. - JAN. 1, 2021: Jim Safford stops to take a photo of deserted Colorado Boulevard, which was empty because, for the first time since 1945, the Rose Parade in Pasadena was canceled. Blame the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)
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Cars wait to enter Dodger Stadium for COVID-19 testing at dusk.
LOS ANGELES - JAN. 4, 2021: There was a long wait for COVID-19 testing at Dodger Stadium, where a new site was established to cut back on traffic affecting local residents.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
A nurse conducts a COVID-19 nasal swab test on a man.
LOS ANGELES - JAN. 5, 2021: A nurse, hired by All Time restaurant, conducts a COVID-19 nasal swab test on employee Nick Howell.
(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Kuya Lord prepares an order of noodles in his garage kitchen.
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, CALIF. - JAN. 8, 2021: Kuya Lord serves up Filipino cuisine with a flare from his garage, which he converted to a kitchen.
(Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)
Dodger Stadium is lit in blue, with the L.A. skyline behind it.
LOS ANGELES - JAN. 8, 2021: Dodger Stadium is lit up in blue to honor Hall of Fame Los Angeles Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda, who died at the age of 93.
(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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City Hall and the Music Center plaza fountain are lit in Dodger blue.
LOS ANGELES - JAN. 08, 2021: A security officer is silhouetted against City Hall, which like the Music Center plaza fountain is lit in Dodger blue in memory of former Los Angeles City Councilmember Tom LaBonge and Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
L.A. Clippers center Ivica Zubac blocks the shot of Chicago Bulls guard Coby White.
LOS ANGELES - JAN. 10, 2020: L.A. Clippers center Ivica Zubac blocks the shot of Chicago Bulls guard Coby White during first-half action at Staples Center.
(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)
Leslie Odom Jr.
LOS ANGELES - JAN. 12, 2021: Actor Leslie Odom Jr. not only plays legendary singer Sam Cook in the film “One Night in Miami” but also wrote an original song for the film.
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)
Ashnikko is a 24-year-old American rapper.
LOS ANGELES - JAN. 14, 2021: American rapper Ashnikko, 24, who has worked with Grimes, Princess Nokia and Doja Cat, photographed in Hollywood. Her aesthetic is very cyberpunk-anime-character-meets-Harley-Quinn.
(Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)
The Owens River flows through wetlands and pastures near Benton Crossing.
MAMMOTH LAKES, CALIF. - JAN. 13, 2021: The Owens River flows through wetlands and pastures near Benton Crossing. For seven decades, LADWP has provided free allotments of water for irrigation purposes in the area; it now wants to send the water south to Los Angeles instead.
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Members of the National Guard sleep in the halls of the U.S. Capitol.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - JAN. 13, 2021: Members of the National Guard sleep in the halls of the U.S. Capitol Building as the House of Representatives convenes to impeach President Donald Trump, nearly a week after a pro-Trump insurrectionist mob breached the security of the building as Congress met to certify the election.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
Fishermen set up on the Long Beach side of the San Gabriel River.
LONG BEACH, CALIF. - JAN. 14, 2021. Fishermen set up on the Long Beach side of the San Gabriel River.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

Rams defensive lineman Michael Brockers walks off the field.
GREEN BAY, WIS. - JAN. 16, 2021: Rams defensive lineman Michael Brockers walks off the field after losing to the Packers during a playoff game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
Lamonte Goode sits on the steps in his West Hollywood apartment's courtyard.
LOS ANGELES - JAN. 17, 2021: Dancer Lamonte Goode, in his West Hollywood apartment’s courtyard, hasn’t been able to work because of the pandemic. He doesn’t know how he’ll be able to pay the thousands of dollars he owes his landlord.
(Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times)
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Boogaloo Boys armed with weapons and flags.
RICHMOND, VA. - JAN. 18, 2021: Boogaloo Boys armed with weapons and flags rally during Lobby Day in Richmond.
(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Members of the Virginia Black Panthers stand guard on a street corner.
RICHMOND, VA. - JAN. 18, 2021: Members of the Virginia Black Panthers stand guard on a street corner on Main Street in Richmond during a Lobby Day rally.
(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Members of the Virginia Black Panthers stand guard on a street corner on Main Street.
RICHMOND, VA. - JAN. 18, 2021: Members of the Virginia Black Panthers during a Lobby Day rally in Richmond.
(Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Socially distant folding chairs on the west front of the U.S. Capitol Building.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - JAN. 18, 2021: Socially distant chairs on the west front of the U.S. Capitol Building await the audience for the inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
(Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
Surfers ride waves at the Huntington Beach pier.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF. - JAN. 19, 2021: Surfers ride waves sculpted by gusty Santa Ana winds at the Huntington Beach pier.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

National Guard troops pet a dog on a walk past the California State Capitol.
SACRAMENTO - JAN. 20, 2021: National Guard troops take a moment on a quiet inauguration morning to pet a dog at the California State Capitol.
(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Will Butler, 31, walks to the grocery store from his home in Silver Lake.
LOS ANGELES - JAN. 21, 2021: Will Butler, 31, walks to the grocery store from his home in Silver Lake.
(Dania Maxwell / Los Angeles Times)
Aaron Lindell and Hannah Ziskin
GLENDALE, CALIF. - JAN. 24, 2021: Aaron Lindell, left, and Hannah Ziskin at their home, where they operate the pizza pop-up Quarter Sheets.
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
Citrus and vanilla bean slab cake, dark chocolate cream pie with brown sugar chantilly and tiramisu slab from Quarter Sheets.
GLENDALE, CALIF. - JAN. 24, 2021: Citrus and vanilla bean slab cake, left, dark chocolate cream pie with brown sugar chantilly and tiramisu slab cake desserts from pizza pop-up Quarter Sheets, where the the menu changes weekly.
(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)
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Jared Gutstadt, holding a banjo, leaps across the stairs at his Mandeville Canyon compound
LOS ANGELES - JAN. 25, 2021: Jared Gutstadt, at his Mandeville Canyon compound, is known as “Jingle Jared.” He created music for TV shows and now runs a company where music artists record podcasts that are written like scripted musicals to promote their music.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
People work out in front of a mural of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.
LOS ANGELES - JAN. 26, 2021: People work out in front of a mural of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna on the one-year anniversary of their deaths in a helicopter crash. The mural is on the wall of Hardcore Fitness Bootcamp in downtown Los Angeles.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
A costumed stormtrooper walks under an umbrella on Hollywood Boulevard.
LOS ANGELES - JAN. 29, 2021: Even stormtroopers need to stay dry. This one is patrolling Hollywood Boulevard, umbrella in hand, as the third cold and wet storm system moves through the Southland.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)
Hutton Morris, 9, throws a "snowball" at Scott Hirshberg, 9, at the beach.
MANHATTAN BEACH, CALIF. - JAN. 29, 2021: Hutton Morris, 9, throws a “snowball” at best friend and virtual school classmate Scott Hirshberg, 9, at the beach in the El Porto neighborhood, where piles of hail accumulated.
(Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
A view of Hesperia from Cajon Pass
PHELAN, CALIF. - JAN. 29, 2021: A view of Hesperia from Cajon Pass as a winter storm moves out.
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)