Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin
Project Summary

My family arrived in L.A. via train at Union Station from Brooklyn and settled in a very different Hollywood than the city that exists today. The area was relatively affordable and had a large, working class, predominantly immigrant population. It was almost nothing like the city outsiders imagined it was and that was a good thing. The impact of the massive redevelopment effort currently underway in Hollywood on the area is enormous. Older, affordable apartment buildings are being torn down and being replaced with luxury apartments that are unattainable to most who currently live in the neighborhood. Families that have lived in the area for generations are being priced out and many who remain struggle to cope with constant rent increases. An additional side effect is the exponential increase in the local homeless population coupled with a decrease in support services. The social fabric of the community I remember has all but disappeared as a result and this metamorphasis is clearly reflected in the shifting topography.

True Topographics is a long term, documentary landscape project focusing on the parts of Hollywood, California that I grew up in. The title is a play on the New Topographics movement but the project differs greatly in both intent and purpose. My intention is to depict Hollywood’s rapid physical transformation from the perspective of someone with a connection to the landscape that’s being replaced.


Kwasi Boyd-Bouldin (b. 1977) is a Los Angeles based photographer whose work focuses on the urban environment and how a neighborhoods physical composition reflects the lives of it’s inhabitants. He is best known for The Los Angeles Recordings, an ongoing documentary project comprised of photo essays about L.A.'s rapidly changing urban landscape. He has also recently collaborated with KCET in the creation of In Plain Sight, a series photographing locations of police violence and was one of Time Magazine's 12 African American Photographers You Should Follow Right Now in 2017.

Contact: kwasi.b [@] gmail.com

Exhibitions, Awards, & Presentations


Lucie Foundation
2017 Emerging Artist Scholarship Shortlist


All City: A Photographic Portrait of Los Angeles
January 13th, 2017 - January 31st, 2017
Espacio 1839
1839 E 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Songs of My People: 25 Years Later
February 6th, 2017 - March 3rd, 2017
Gallery 102
801 22nd St. NW Washington DC 20052

The Photographer's Eye: North of the 101
February 15th, 2017
Los Angeles Central Library
Presentation in Meeting Room A