It was during a visit and interview with a great aunt that Victor Herminio Lopez was shown a collection of decades-old photos (including “Celia on Harley,” shown above) taken by his late great uncle, Samuel Gutierrez, who owned Foto Estudio Paris in Jalisco, Mexico. Soon after, Lopez came across another batch of images taken by his late father, Herminio Lopez, who worked in Foto Estudio Paris before starting his own photo business, Foto Estudio Viena. In honor of his great uncle and father, Lopez has selected some of these vintage photos to exhibit in a show – “The Golden Age of Mexican Photography: The Fine Art Photography of Samuel Gutierrez and Herminio Lopez, 1930s- 1950s,” that opens Saturday at Jose Vera Fine Art in Eagle Rock.
Another Latin-themed photography – this one featuring contemporary photos and portraits from Cuba – also debuts on Saturday. In addition to new photo shows, this weekend will also see the first-ever Bootleg Dance Festival, a showcase of modern dance, in Historic Filipinotown and a free performance of the UCLA Gluck Cello Quartet in Highland Park. Also save time for street-tree mulching in Echo Park, a car wash-fundraiser for the El Sereno Bicentennial and a Silver Lake lecture on the recycling business and what exactly is recyclable. More to do in the Save the Date.