John Divola: Photographing abandoned houses

In the 1970s, Los Angeles photographer John Divola began photographing in abandoned, often dilapidated houses. With his series Vandalism (1973–75) and Zuma (1977–78), however, he didn’t just photograph houses. Here, Divola describes how he manipulated the environments with painting and other interventions as a way of “vandalizing the tradition of photography.”


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