Books

Unpublished LAst Exit
Unpublished LAst Exit   It is said that the country tilts to the left and all the eccentrics roll west. They bring their weirdness with them. LAst Exit is a reference to Los Angeles; being the left coast, next stop is the Pacific Ocean. It is easy to live out here, warm weather, lots of space and acceptance of all things unusual. A good place for photographers.

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Mr. Hollywood

Pix Series

People b/w

Travel

Mexico

Gallery

Jazz
Jazz "In the brief but intense period when he made them, the jazz photographs of Ave Pildas were seldom seen and scarcely noted. From 1962 to 1964, he took his camera into the nightclubs, after-hours spots and festivals in Cincinnati and Pittsburg. Up until now, those images have been entirely forgotten, languishing in a loose-leaf binder full of negatives and contact sheets, secreted in a storage space in his home.  His willingness to revisit those times and places give us a unique window on the music from two cities that were considered secondary markets in the business of jazz.  The towns were part of a midwestern jazz circuit:Chicago, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh; sometimes Louisville and Indianapolis. With Pildas’s photographs as evidence, many a present-day jazz fan would give almost anything to be able to spend just one night in those supposed backwaters." ...Kirk Silsbee Visit my Jazz website: www.avepildasjazz.com    
Paper Movies
Paper Movies   I began shooting photographic series on the streets of Los Angeles in 1971. “Paper Movies”represent my interaction as a photographer and designer with pedestrian traffic since 2008. Henri Cartier Bresson, a photographer I greatly admire, emphasized the importance of the MOMENT: finding a compelling location and waiting for the ideal confluence of elements to shoot a good picture.  Similarly, I choose an urban location that becomes my set and wait for people to invade.  My camera records the moments when various individuals occupy the set.  Some participate actively by interacting with the camera; others become involuntary and unaware passers by. The result of this event is hundreds of images that record a finite period of time in a particular place. My designer’s eye selects the images that most strongly reflect my theme.  I organize these images to reveal line, pattern and movement, the poetry that supersedes the narrative of the event.
Box Office
Box Office   “Box Offices” are an extension of Bijou. Many of the individual box offices appear in my book Movie Palaces. Though they are becoming scarcer as multiplexes overtake single-screen movie  theaters, grand and lovely box offices can still be found in front of movie theaters across the country.  My collection of these unique icons number over seventy. 

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Odd Shots b/w
Odd Shots b/w   I love odd shots. . Just drop me off somewhere, anywhere with a camera and I will find something to photograph.  My senses are tuned to observe all manner of quirky or unusual situations. Street photography exists as source of entertainment and wonder for me. If I shoot a good photo, it makes my day.
Odd Shots color
Odd Shots color   I love odd shots. . Just drop me off somewhere, anywhere with a camera and I will find something to photograph.  My senses are tuned to observe all manner of quirky or unusual situations. Street photography exists as source of entertainment and wonder for me. If I shoot a good photo, it makes my day.

Travel

China
Ave Pildas Jazz Photography
Ave Pildas Jazz Photography This is another Website by Ave pildas. here is the link: www.avepildasjazz.com
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Half and Half
Half and Half   The series “½ and ½” originated as a photo essay on Greek mythology in 1975. The shoot quickly moved to quirky images of half man half woman. These photographs were all shot with a single exposure on black and white film and were printed in the darkroom without re-touching.

Books

Movie Palaces
Movie Palaces   Movies are arguably America’s great art form, and after their earliest days, movies began to take themselves very seriously. The weekly or twice-weekly night at the movies became an ingrained ritual of the American public. The movie promoters responded by building lavish temple of the cinema, grandiose buildings unlike anything seen before or since. Movie Palaces examines in detail the remaining traces of a vanishing architectural and cinematic culture which are to be treasured even more in these days of the cinder-block multiplex, the internet, and the DVD 

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Deep Space

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Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood Blvd.   Hollywood Blvd. was the place to go. In the 70s, it was ‘on the turn’, a bit derelict but full of life and lots of street people. It was my birth as a street photographer. I began taking photos in 1973, spent most of 1974 and part of 1975 shooting what was happening on the  ‘Sidewalk of Fame,’ 15 blocks of terrazzo sidewalk embedded with stars and immortalized with names of entertainers. I took thousands of photos; many were published in ‘Zoom’, ‘Photo’, ‘Creative Camera’ and other magazines. They were also exhibited here and in Europe. I occasionally visit the revitalized ‘Walk of Fame’ with a camera. 
California Christmas
California Christmas   When I arrived in Los Angeles from the East Coast in 1971 I was fascinated to observe Christmas decorations in the green snow-free environment and I began to photograph California Christmases.  Early in the 1970’s, “New West” magazine published a portfolio of my images of Christmas tree lots.  I am still amused by the peculiar holiday sights in Californians in December, and my “California Christmas” series grows annually.

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Europe

Books

Art Deco
Art Deco   Los Angeles in the twenties and thirties was a city of myth by the seaside. It was a time of boom, of flamboyance and experimentation, and this new city, assisted by a huge public relations program, drew into its envrons the talented and ambitious, including the designers and architects who would create a unique testament to the Art Deco style. Wright, Neutra and Schindler were practicing in Los Angeles at the same time as the Art Deco architects Beelman, Clements, Wurdeman and many others.