Passionate L.A. Conservancy backer Diane Keaton couldn’t contain her excitement at a book launch and exhibition for “Looking at Los Angeles” (Metropolis), a photo compendium benefiting the conservation org, edited by Ben Stiller and curator Marla Hamburg Kennedy. “I love this book! I love every photo!” exclaimed Keaton. “No one has ever done a book like this about Los Angeles. It is so important for the city.”
The local art-and-photography crowd turned out for the party and show (held through June 17 at Hermes’ top-floor gallery in Beverly Hills), which was designed by artist Christian Moeller. Along with Stiller’s wife, Christine Taylor, L.A.-based lensmen Gerry Panter and Matthew Spiegelman came by to view images shot by Diane Arbus, Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Julius Shulman, William Eggleston and others.
Despite the fact that it’s a book about L.A., don’t expect many celebrity or Hollywood pictures. “There are fewer glossy Hollywood images because (the book’s) about the real experience of Los Angeles, about the city outside of that. I thought of my own personal experience living here for 15 years,” said Stiller, who also wrote the preface to the book. “There are so many disparate neighborhoods and ways of living here, and it is interesting to see that all together.”