Scenes from the Mexican American lowrider life: a clothbound photobook documenting a vibrant LA car culture
Known for her quiet portraits of American cultural movements, Los Angeles-based photographer Kristin Bedford's new work, Cruise Night, is an intimate and unstaged exploration of Los Angeles' Mexican American lowrider car culture.From 2014 to 2019 Bedford attended hundreds of lowrider cruise nights, car shows, quincea eras, weddings and funerals. Her images offer a new visual narrative around the lowrider tradition and invite outsiders to question prevalent societal stereotypes surrounding this urban Mexican American culture. Bedford's photos explore the nuances of cars as mobile canvases and the legendary community that creates them. With bright color photography and a unique female vantage point, Cruise Night is an original look at a prolific American movement set against the Los Angeles cityscape.