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City Debuts New Exhibit: Prior Pleasures — a Photo Series Utilizing a Multiple Exposure Technique Sans Photoshop by Ellen Cantor

Post Date:January 10, 2019 10:37 AM

Prior PleasuresThe City of West Hollywood has unveiled its newest art exhibit, Prior Pleasures by photographer Ellen Cantor at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The exhibit explores memory and preservation of the past while ensuring the creation of a visual legacy for generations to come. Prior Pleasures is created using a multiple exposure technique (without Photoshop) of end pages, illustrations, and text giving the illusion of a book fluttering open and coming to life for book lovers of all ages. The photographs are accompanied by facts about the books’ authors and original illustrators. The exhibit runs through Sunday, May 7, 2019.

Ellen Cantor was born in Chicago, Illinois and lives in Southern California. She graduated from the University of Illinois and UCLAX Environmental Design Program. Her images are about time, loss, and memory. By photographing and re-contextualizing precious mementos she has sought to understand how life proceeds and then, ultimately, disappears. She documents the artifacts of the past in order to enrich her present. 

Her work examines how families archive and pass down memories from generation to generation. This work responds to a universally relatable experience of sifting through the items left behind determining how to incorporate our inheritance. Her work is photographed in the studio to allow her maximum opportunity to explore the mementos that are most precious to her.

Cantor’s work has appeared on,, fraction,, Voyage LA Magazine, My Daily Photograph, and Silvershotz. Other publications include Harper’s Magazine, Muzee Magazine, and SHUTR Magazine.

The Prior Pleasures exhibit will be on view at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, during regular library operating hours — M-Th (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.); Fr-Sa (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.); Su (12 p.m. to 4 p.m.); closed holidays — through Sunday, May 7, 2019.

This exhibit is organized by the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division. For more information about arts programming in the City of West Hollywood, visit and follow @wehoarts on social media. Artists whose work has been exhibited in the past at the West Hollywood Library include Don Bachardy, Clive Barker, Jean Cocteau, Henry Diltz, Ramiro Gomez, Robert Landau, Annie Leibowitz, Mr. Brainwash, Elizabeth Orleans, Wayne Shimabukuro, and Pat York.

For more information about this exhibit, please contact Mike Che, the City of West Hollywood’s Arts Coordinator, at (323) 848-6377 or at For people who are Deaf or hard of hearing please call TTY (323) 848-6496. For up-to-date news and events, follow the City of West Hollywood on social media @WeHoCity and sign up for news updates at
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