RIP: Charles Brittin

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Photographer Charles Brittin has died at 82.

From The LA Times:
One of the first subjects to fascinate Brittin as a photographer was a sleepy Venice Beach, where he took pictures “freighted with a hushed beauty and forlorn sweetness,” according to the book “Charles Brittin: West and South,” scheduled to be published in April.

A chance meeting in the 1950s with seminal beat-scene artist Wallace Berman pulled Brittin into a circle of avant-garde artists who hung out on La Cienega Boulevard at the Ferus Gallery, the influential contemporary art gallery.

Brittin’s Venice Beach shack became the group’s second home, and he turned into the unofficial house photographer of a crowd that included actors Dean Stockwell and Dennis Hopper, artist John Altoon, curator Walter Hopps and poet David Meltzer.

“He was probably the beat generation photographer,” said Craig Krull, a Santa Monica gallery owner who exhibited Brittin’s work in 1999.

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