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HABS HAER Photographer Stephen Schafer
Ventura, Southern California
Architectural, HABS, HAER & HALS Photographer Stephen Schafer
Interests: Historic American Buildings Survey
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I'm teaching my in-person architecture workshop on October 17th, 2021 at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) Continue reading
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Authors on Architecture: Preserving Los Angeles SAH/SCC Zoom Presentation Saturday, May 8, 2021, 1-2:30 PM PST Bernstein & Schafer Preserving Los Angeles Book The book is available here: https://www.angelcitypress.com/products/prla ••• Continue reading
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Coca-Cola Bottling Company 1334 S. Central Avenue Los Angeles Los Angeles County California Marvin Rand, Photographer 1972-77 HABS-CA-2022-1 GENERALVIEW HABS-CA-2022-2 DETAIL: SHIP DOORS AND PORTHOLE WINDOWS General View of building by Marvin Rand (Credit: Marvin Rand Photographer. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, HABS) Detail View: Ship doors and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2021 at HABS HAER HALS FAQ
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Barker Brothers Building 800 W. Seventh Street Los Angeles Los Angeles County California Julius Shulman, Photographer October 1980 HABS No. CA-2156-1 NORTH AND WEST FRONTS Barker Brothers by Julius Shulman, North and west fronts. (Credit: Julius Shulman Photographer. Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, HABS) Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2021 at HABS HAER HALS FAQ
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72 Marlborough Street: Residential Hydraulic Elevator (Wheeler-Donelan House: Residential Hydraulic Elevator) Boston Suffolk County Massachusetts HAER No. - MA - 56 - 16 Jet Lowe, HAER photographer, January 7, 1985 VIEW OF ROBERT VOGEL, CURATOR, DIVISION OF MECHANICAL & CIVIL ENGINEER, NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY, SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, SITTING IN... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2021 at HABS HAER HALS FAQ
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Los Angeles City Hall 200 North Spring Street Los Angeles Los Angeles County California HABS-CA-2159-7 - West front (partial view) and south side - Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA. (Summer 1981) Los Angeles City Hall HABS-2159 by Julius Shulman (Credit: Julius... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2021 at HABS HAER HALS FAQ
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The DARKROOM 5370 Wilshire Boulevard Los Angeles Los Angeles County California HABS-CA-2024-1 "Entrance" (Taken between 1972 and 1977) HABS-CA-2024-1 The Darkroom, 5370 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, By Marvin Rand Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2021 at HABS HAER HALS FAQ
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Photography of The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner Building is part of the LAC+USC Medical Center campus in Lincoln Heights. Continue reading
Rita Cofield, a lifelong resident of L.A.’s Watts neighborhood, is working to protect a building designed by USC Architecture alumni Robert Kennard and Arthur (Art) Silvers that is right in her own backyard. via www.docomomo-us.org Glad to be part of this documentation project with Rita. Continue reading
Shifting back and forth between 35mm, 4x5, and 5x7 I use the Viewfinder App on my iPhone and program the lenses I own into the app. Now that the iPhone has a wide angle lens, I can reliably get a view from my 11mm on FF or my 55mm on 4x5 or my 72 on 5x7. It's the wide end of the spectrum that was always a problem to visualize. I can also set the film emulation and get a black and white Ilford HP-5-like representation of the angle, which is great a focusing the mind on the composition. Of course I us a tripod, it's less accurate hand-held on the run. -Stephen Schafer
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Preserving Los Angeles – How Historic Places Can Transform America's Cities – A book by author Ken Bernstein, photographed by Stephen Schafer. Continue reading
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Check out this fun video for great tips on researching historic sites, preservation advocacy, and photography related info gathering. Continue reading
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On November 5th, 2020 – during the Covid 19 pandemic – I volunteered for a day of documentation photography in Watts to support the nomination of the Watts Happening Cultural Center and the Mafundi Mural located at East 103rd Street in Los Angeles. It was a sunny day working with Rita Cofield and the staff at the WHCC. We were filmed by Parker Collins, a reporter from Spectrum News 1, who did a nice story about Rita and the significance of the Mafundi Center in Watts history. Here's a link to the new story and some of the nomination photographs... Continue reading
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I'm teaching my architecture workshop on December 13th, 2020 at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP): Mastering architecture photography is a complex yet rewarding process. Like people, buildings have their best side, and choosing your perspective, composition and camera placement for both interiors and exteriors will be a focus. In this workshop we will examine the intricate relationship between architectural design, natural light and the weather, and explain approaches to artificial and natural lighting... LINK HERE: https://lacphoto.org/events/architecture-on-location-with-stephen-schafer-2020/ www.HABS.photo Stephen Schafer, Photographer Ventura, California 805-652-1000 schaf@west.net Continue reading
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Preserving Los Angeles, highlighting dozens of lesser-known buildings, neighborhoods, and places in every corner of the city that have been “found” by SurveyLA, the first-ever city-wide survey of Los Angeles’ historic resources. The text is richly illustrated through images by a prominent architectural photographer, Stephen Schafer. Continue reading
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https://lacphoto.org/events/creating-your-photo-business-with-stephen-schafer-march-2020/ Are you starting to charge for your work? What does it take to start a photography business or take your hobby to the next step? Are you reaching the people who need to see your work? Stephen Schafer wrote the book about becoming a professional photographer. Join him for a day as he shares 30+ years of experience in this candid seminar that focuses on what the class wants to know. We’ll cover branding and marketing; websites and social; pricing and invoicing; copyright and releases; insurance and contracts, and any questions you may have about being a professional photographer... Continue reading
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Learn about 'Lace Legos' (AKA: Ornamental Concrete Masonry Units) at this year's Mod With A Twist show 2020 in Palm Springs. Continue reading
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The Secretary of the Interior's Guidelines for Architectural and Engineering Documentation (HABS, HAER, HALS) July 21, 2003, Federal Register: Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2020 at HABS HAER HALS FAQ
Yet we not only "do" photography, but we even pay to read about it ;-) "• Vast numbers of people, including many former enthusiast/hobbyist photographers, are apparently happy enough with smartphones…" It should be added that most of my clients wouldn't care if I delivered photographs with my 30+ Mp camera or my phone … as long as I deliver the image they want. -Schaf
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Sharing Notable Photographs from the HABS, HAER, HALS collection. Ulysses S. Grant Cottage (Howard Potter House), 995 Ocean Avenue Long Branch Mtanouth County New Jersey, by Jack Boucher, 1963. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2020 at HABS HAER HALS FAQ
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) are US federal government programs administered by the Heritage Documentation Program Department of the National Park Service. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2020 at HABS HAER HALS FAQ
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Sharing Notable Photographs from the HABS, HAER, HALS collection. GENERAL VIEW FROM TOP OF SOUTHERN TOWER, LOOKING NORTH - Golden Gate Bridge, Spanning mouth of San Francisco Bay, San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA Photo by: Jet Lowe, 1984 https://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/hhh.ca1355.photos.016352p/ Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, HAER CAL, 38-SANFRA,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at HABS HAER HALS FAQ
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) and Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) are US federal government programs administered by the Heritage Documentation Program Department of the National Park Service. Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2020 at HABS HAER HALS FAQ
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A little list of the HABS, HAER, and HALS documentations Schaf Photo has competed in the past 10+ years... Continue reading
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I'm showing some photographs of Richard Neutra's architecture in an exhibition in Silver Lake at the Neutra Institute and Museum and Gallery. A NOD TO MOD a photographic celebration of midcentury modern architecture and design. The opening reception is January 4th, 2020, at 2379 Glendale Blvd., Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA 90039 Continue reading