We had the good fortune of connecting with Salvador Hernandez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Salvador, what are you inspired by?
More so than anything I’m inspired by the subjects I take photos of. The city of Los Angeles inspires me. I love to be outside walking around and taking in the environment I surround myself in Being around my friends and family inspires me as well. I want to try and document them as much as possible. It’s important to hold onto the memories of the people you love and care about.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I personally don’t want to see myself as unique in the photography game. There’s tons of folks who take photos, and there’s way more folks who do way more than I do when it comes to hustling their photography. I do this all for myself. Making money isn’t a priority for me when it comes to taking photos. I’m just a regular working class person who just happens to do this thing and makes zines, books and posters occasionally. It’s a great opportunity for me when my friends ask me to shoot their bands, or events or to help them design a thing or two
One thing I am excited about is that I’m curating a group photo show in January at These Days in downtown LA. It’s one of my favorite spots to go to, so it’s a huge honor to be able to get my friends who I think are talented and have them show their work along side myself
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love downtown and walking around it. There’s so much cool history that I think goes over looked sometimes. I would take them to the fashion and flower district to check out and shop around. It’s very lively on any given day. It’s amazing I would also take them to Descontrol Punk Shop which is located across the street from the Greyhound
It’s a diy shop with a variety of clothing, records, and knickknacks. You’re sure to find something cool and unique
For food we would have to eat at Coles, they have been around since 1929 and have a good French dipped sandwich.
For good art and books we would stop by These Days between Los Angeles and Main St.
If they were open (which I don’t think they are again) then we would go to King Eddies. The best bar in LA
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There’s so many things that really kick started my photography in my formative years and that kept it going throughout my life. I have a few; the movie Style Wars.. my homie Kevin and I going into downtown to document the graffiti like the kids in the movie. We were only 14 hopping buses from south LA out there. Kevin just passed away and may he Rest in Power Also a lot of my friends who took photos and made zines were really inspiring to me and pushed me to continue taking photos and pushed me to make zines and books or be involved in art shows.
A big part of why I got off my ass and really started taking this photo thing a little more serious was my good friend and mentor Christopher Blauvelt. He gave me access to his studio, pushed me to start making zines after not doing anything with my photography for years and was generally supportive throughout this journey. I wouldn’t be doing as mush as I do without him.