Alluring Landmarks

Guillaume Grasset (b. 1973) cut his teeth assisting a number of influential photographers, including Herb Ritts, David LaChapelle and Peter Lindbergh. Having a varied career, he has shot fashion stories for Vogue, devised album covers for Universal Music and directed adverts and music videos for various well-known names. In 2012 the Angelino Heights series was produced, which
is a haunting collection of images that document the second-oldest district in Los Angeles. The historic location was built in the 1880s during an economic boom and currently is a hotspot for Hollywood directors; Quincy Jones filmed Michael Jackson’s Thriller in a local home. Grasset has a simple methodology to allow for maximum impact – only one image per building. Working in the dead of night, he relies on the unnatural glow of artificial light, which makes the dwellings appear all the more unsettling. The Gothic architecture and fading décor is reminiscent of a Hitchcock film. The following images are part of the Angelino Heights series.