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Liesl Bradner
Liesl Bradner

Liesl Bradner is a Los Angeles based journalist. The Pennsylvania native graduated from Florida State University where she began her journalism...

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The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu

Although the title is deceiving for those expecting the fast-paced heroics of James Bond, the reader will find that this account of a small group of ordinary people risking their lives to preserve their culture is an even more rewarding and essential story.

Posted on Dec 23, 2016 READ MORE


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Powerful Exhibits on Both Coasts Explore Borders and the Plight of Refugees

Artists at galleries in Los Angeles and New York zoom in on some of the world’s 60,000 displaced people—and one “solution” for dealing with them.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE


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Survivors in Ukraine

Stephen Shore’s book is a potent photo-documentation of Holocaust survivors in their twilight years and a testament to how one lives within a community that shares collective traumatic memories.

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Dickey Chapelle Under Fire

Dickey Chapelle, the first female American war correspondent to be killed in action, is featured in a new pictorial memoir that collects her photos and notebooks from World War II to Vietnam.

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Almond Garden

The Badam Bagh (“Almond Garden”) penitentiary on the outskirts of Kabul, Afghanistan, is home to many incarcerated women whose stories are told in photographs and text in a new book by Gabriela Maj, a Polish-Canadian photographer based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 READ MORE


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Melting Away

The idea of photography as historic document is particularly poignant in a new book chronicling endangered polar regions, with magnificent portraits of icebergs and altered landscapes that are at risk of being lost forever.

Posted on Jan 23, 2015 READ MORE


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Living on a Dollar a Day

Nearly 1.8 billion people live in extreme poverty, most barely surviving on $1 a day. A new book of photography documents the everyday lives of the world’s poorest people.

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Liesl Bradner
Liesl Bradner

Liesl Bradner is a Los Angeles based journalist. The Pennsylvania native graduated from Florida State University where she began her journalism career as a sports reporter for the local ABC affiliate station and a stint in the communications office of Florida State Education Commissioner Betty Castor. After studying English literature at The University of Cambridge she landed at The Orlando Sentinel before moving to Los Angeles where she worked in the business section at The Los Angeles Times in between acting gigs.

Currently a contributing writer and editor for The Los Angeles Times covering art, books, culture and entertainment, her work has also appeared in The Guardian, Variety, WWII Magazine and several other publications and blogs.

She has interviewed Madeleine Albright, social activist Julian Bond, producer Matt Weiner, Hugh Hefner, publisher Benedikt Taschen, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Leonard Nimoy, several dozen photographers and artists including Larry Fink, Phil Stern, Sebastião Salgado Chuck Close, Catherine Opie, Lawrence Schiller and cartoonist Barry Blitt.

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