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Headwaters, the Los Angeles River, Confluence of Arroyo Calabasas and Bell Creek, Canoga Park
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© John Humble, Courtesy of Jan Kesner Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council

John Humble
American, Los Angeles, 2001
Chromogenic print
20 x 24 in.
2006.10.1

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This scene marks the official beginning of the Los Angeles River, where the Arroyo Calabasas meets Bell Creek in Canoga Park. Humble positioned the dramatic concrete structure that cleaves the two waterways exactly in the center of his composition--not an easy task for the photographer, who had to wade upstream several hundred yards with his equipment to get to this vantage point.