A lot has been said regarding the passing of social
& pop icons, and how their deaths will affect the world.
I would like to now focus on our community, and comment on someone
who touched my life and a smaller group of people by his recent
ED MCANDREWS — aka E.M.A. — was a Los Angeles artist
who created images through photography. His subject of choice: Latino
& Native American young men.
Ed was a very private person; in fact this is the first time his
real name is being associated with his art. Ed used the alias of
E.M.A. (Ed Mc Andrew) as his title and stamp for all his photography.
Ed lived a very quiet life as an appraiser for LA County, residing
for many years on Fountain Ave. in West Hollywood. This small apartment
was also his photo studio. He had recently moved to Atwater. As
his long time hobby, Ed created amazingly erotic images that were
sexy, lust-filled, classic and ironic all at once.
Ed’s images were very humorous, perhaps tongue-in-cheek, or
just naive, (one never knew with Ed). They conveyed a traditional
erotically playful innocents like his predecessors: Bob Mizer at
AMG, Bruce of LA, Mel Roberts & David Hurles at Old Reliable.
Although Ed’s photos were contemporary, his usage of lighting
and sepia toning created the aura of another era. Ed was also an
avid collector and seller of Antique Native American photography,
and was perhaps one of the most knowledgeable persons in this genre.
— Rick Castro
About the gallery:
Antebellum Gallery is located in the heart of downtown
Hollywood. The term antebellum is Latin for"before war".
While it commonly refers to a more romantic Gone With the Wind
era, we find ourselves again today with American culture at odds
with political / religious / social agendas that threaten to blow
the lid off its foundations at any given moment.
Steeped in Victorian nuances with a salon style, Antebellum is intended
as a hybrid of artistic, cultural, and political iconoclasm.