High School Graduation Portraits











I was privileged to take the high school graduation photos of this Associated Student Body (ASB) Senior Class President. Downtown Los Angeles served as the backdrop for these portraits. Please contact Richard Manirath Photography if you want to capture your special moments!


Southwestern Law School’s Historic Bullocks Wilshire Building

The landmark Bullocks Wilshire Building, a Los Angeles Cultural Monument (#56 to be exact), is part of Southwestern Law School’s campus. Originally a luxury department store for more than 60 years, Southwestern purchased the building from the R.H. May company in 1994 and restored the building to its Art Deco glory. I have had the privileged opportunity to photograph some events for Southwestern Law School, including photographing events at the legendary Tea Room where Hollywood’s royalty including John Wayne, Greta Garbo, Alfred Hitchcock, Marlene Dietrich, Clark Gable and Mae West, came to dine. The public has an opportunity to enjoy this architectural gem through “Summer Days at Bullocks Wilshire”, an annual open house where there are self-guided tours, as well as exclusive events through Southwestern’s Friends of Bullocks Wilshire. For now, take a look at the beauty that is the heart of the Southwestern campus.

Perfume Hall
Tea Room
Coco Chanel Room/ La Chinoiserie
La Directoire/ French Room
Louis XVI Room

Adam Tenenbaum’s Chandelier Tree in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake Neighborhood

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I have always had a fascination with light fixtures, especially chandeliers. Adam Tenenbaum has created this beautiful art installation at his home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Silver Lake, CA. This place has been one of the hidden gems of Los Angeles and I love coming to this place. He has collected and restored over thirty vintage light fixtures, which he has placed artfully on this century old sycamore tree. Adorned like Christmas ornaments, each chandelier is unique and together, they create a new Los Angeles landmark that you must see.

Vincent Lamouroux’s Projection at the Sunset Pacific Motel

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French Artist Vincent Lamouroux has transformed Silver Lake’s Sunset Pacific Motel, also known as the Bates Motel, into a temporary art installation. Entitled ‘Projection’, the artist seeks to revive the dilapidated building (and its surrounding palm trees) by giving it a new life: “The idea is to disrupt the way we perceive things by giving some special attention to this one place.” Although the white paint shall slowly fade away and the motel will eventually be demolished to give way to a new apartment complex, it has allowed for the community to enjoy and engage in the beauty that is art.

Reconnecting Roots

Check out my blog post for The Los Angeles County Museum of Art‘s (LACMA) Unframed blog!

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“I don’t know how to sew,” a little boy whispered to me as he stared at the colorful cloth in my hands. In front of him lay sewing instruments and fabrics spread across a long table. I was at the Boone Children’s Gallery, sewing different patches together to create a traditional Korean wrapping cloth, known as a bojagi, when he came up to me.

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“Well, I’m glad you came because I also didn’t know how to sew, but I learned right here!”
“Really?” the little boy asked.
“Really!” I answered back.

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When the LACMA Education team brought up the idea of creating the world’s largest bojagi, I was given the perfect opportunity to learn how to sew after years of wanting to learn. Sewing has been a part of my family for a long time, but I personally never learned…

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LACMA Boone Children’s Gallery

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Don’t be fooled by its name! The Boone Children’s Gallery offers a free space for everyone of all ages to learn and make art. I have been privileged to have been on assignment for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the largest encyclopedic museum in the Western United States. I photographed the visitors at the Boone Children’s Gallery, also known as “The Boone”. As a current Gallery Facilitator in the space, I also have an opportunity to teach different programs related to the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. For example, I have taught the different techniques of Korean Brush painting to children as young as four and visitors as old as ninety. It is truly a great space to explore your creativity while learning about different types of art and the histories of various cultures.