Fold Frame | The Owl Barber Shop, Downtown Los Angeles
Inspired by an article in the back pages of Los Angeles magazine, I set out to capture a similar photo-in-a-photo style shot during my time in L.A. A bit of trawling through the archives struck gold, turning up a great shot from 1960 of ‘The Owl Barber Shop’ Downtown on E 6th. The photo itself is great - classic car, old school barbershop and vintage shop signage all together in one hit. After finding that little gem I was pretty set on making it happen. With a bit more research I managed to pinpoint the area and exact address of the shop, you can see the Google map shot here. Amazingly, still a salon to this day. Not a barber shop, but was cool to see the history of the shop carried on in some way.
I’m happy with the result for a first attempt and managed to sneak in another location shot while I was in the States. Big thanks to Holly for helping with the shoot and fending off the Downtown traffic (both car and pedestrian) and to Eric Mercado and Duston Snipes for triggering the idea.
Edit: Some more digging turned up a great photo of the shop in 2003, and a typically Hollywood side note detailing the use of the shop for a small scene in Se7en. In a noir-esque game of shadows, the sandwich deli next door was used in L.A Confidential, providing the location for the ‘The Nite Owl Coffee Shop’ - home of the pivitol shit-hits-the-fan Nite Owl Massacre. For those playing along at home, you can get a quick glimpse of the barber shop at the start of the Nite Owl scene here. Original Content.© All images copyright The Fold.