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Picture This #2: Joe Baiza

Joe Baiza photographed by street photographer Deb Frazin at Cafe Nela

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by Hamilton High, for outsideleft.com
originally published: February, 2017
Deb Frazin's picture of Joe performing at Cafe Nela in January 2017
by Hamilton High, for outsideleft.com
originally published: February, 2017
Deb Frazin's picture of Joe performing at Cafe Nela in January 2017

Whatever. Like we need a reason to publish an image of our favorite jazzpunk guitar player, Joe Baiza. This one was shot by the pretty incomparable los angeles rocknroll low-society photographer, Deb Frazin, at a recent Cafe Nela performance in Cypress Park floats our boat.  

We haven't seen Joe in outsideleft since his show, The Mind of Joe Baiza opened at San Pedro's Cornelius Projects a while ago. Oh how we miss his incredible shows at Taix in Echo Park with his brilliant band he would take there, some or other version of Congress Of... (check out that spotify link...) from when we lived down the street. Oh well.

Photographer: Deb Frazin
Deb Frazin lives in Los Angeles and is undoubtedly a great rocknroll photographer taking her camera where Angels, Angeleno's and most other photographers fear to tread. Known for her street photography, shot in downtown Los Angeles and strangely somehow, somehow reminds me of Richard Kern so stripped naked are her subjects, yet so fully clothed, so full of trouble, so strong, so dignified too. There's a great, albeit aging interview with Deb in Eye-Photo Magazine - featuring many of her downtown LA photos and signposting perhaps where she intended to take her work. That's well worth a look. More recently she has been featured in the Los Angeles Times and had contributed to a plethora of other books and publications.

Really, truly, check out Deb Frazin's photography archives on Tumblr and Instagram too. Time for a small coffee table book for smaller homes from her and an exhibition in hometown I think, the city that she loves.


Essential Info
Deb Frazin on Tumblr
DebFrazin on Instagram.
Joe Baiza on Facebook

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Hamilton High was born on Doheny Ave in the gutter, is a poet, writer and observer of popular culture. Likes fashion and cares less for style. He's on the move, he's an alter ego and we hardly ever hear from him.

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