From Sports to Protests, Shooting L.A.

February 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

I had a dream, to one day photograph NFL football teams.

It’s a dream that got its inspiration from the pages of a newspaper, with a 1974 photograph in the Herald Examiner of L.A. Rams running back Lawrence McCutcheon going over the top and into the end zone.

Photographer                Fred Zermeno

 

I was 14-years-old and selling the newspaper on the corner of Wabash and Evergreen and all I could think about was “How did they freeze this photo?” How did they capture all of the photos, for that matter? I was hooked.

Ten years later I walked into the offices of EGP where I met Jonathan and Dolores Sanchez. I told them about my dream and they gave me a chance, and the start of a 34-year career photographing past and present L.A. sports teams, including the Raiders, Rams, Chargers, Dodgers, Lakers, Clippers, as well as high school and college teams.

Oscar De La Hoya (EGP Archive Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Todd Gurley with his best performance to date combined for 180 yards and four touchdowns against the Seattle Seahawks. (EGP File Photo by Fred Zermeno)

 

My lens has captured many of Los Angeles’ most historic moments, from the immigration marches of 2006 that drew over a million people, to the Women’s March in downtown LA., the inauguration of the city’s first Latino mayor, and so many more.

There have been the parades, from East LA to the Rose Parade, the big name musicians and too many mariachi and folklorico groups to count. There have been the press conferences, school events, days of service, crime scenes and L.A. floods, fires, and sunsets.  I hope EGP’s readers have gotten as much enjoyment out of my photos that have graced the pages of EGP newspapers over the last three decades, as I did taking them.

Thanks EGP for making a dream a reality.

(Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Trump Terminates DACA: Protesters begin to gather at L.A. City Hall for march to federal building. (EGP photo by Fred Zermeno)

As many as one million people marched in Los Angeles for immigrants’ rights during previous May Day marches. Organizers of coming May 1 march hope to attract 100,000 protesters to downtown L.A. (EGP photo archives)

(Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Vince Scully gives the fans thumbs up and thanks them once again by singing “Take Me Out To The Ball Park” in the seventh inning. (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Concejales de LA y el alcalde Eric Garcetti se preparan para sonar la campana. (EGP foto por Fred Zermeno)

Con la mitad del número de jugadores y un campo de la mitad del tamaño de lo que ves en la NFL, la cancha de fútbol americano de KISS Los Angeles es el doble de rápido, con mayor puntuación y acción sin parar. (EGP Foto por Fred Zermeño)

With embattled Exide as their backdrop, protesters on Monday called on state legislators to get tough with polluters and to protect the public. (EGP photo by Fred Zermeno)

Kobe Bryant, pictured here at last year’s victory parade, hopes to repeat the Laker’s championship status with a victory tonight. (EGP Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Angelenos turned out by the thousands on Monday for a parade to pay tribute to 2010 NBA Champs the Los Angeles Lakers. (EGP photo by Fred Zermeno)

Excited L.A. Laker fans fill streets near Staples Center in hopes of seeing NBA champions. (EGP Photo by Fred Zermeno)

 

 

 

L.A. Gives Kobe Bryant His Own Day

August 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Los Angeles City Council declared Wednesday Kobe Bryant Day, honoring the recently retired Los Angeles Laker on the date of the jersey numbers he wore with the team.

Chants of “Kobe, Kobe, Kobe” from a packed audience greeted Bryant as he appeared in the City Council chambers, accompanied by his family, Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city leaders.

“That unbreakable spirit that you have demonstrated since you were 17 years old in the city makes it easy on this 8/24, August 24, to declare Kobe Bryant Day in the City of Angels!” said Garcetti, who wore a purple tie to match one of the Laker team colors.

The date was chosen because Bryant wore the number 8 his first 10 seasons and 24 for the final 10.

Members of the City Council also led the audience to sing the “Happy Birthday Song” to Bryant, who celebrated his 38th birthday Tuesday.

Former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant was honored by L.A. City Council Wednesday after declaring August 24, “Kobe Bryant Day.” (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant was honored by L.A. City Council Wednesday after declaring August 24, “Kobe Bryant Day.” (Photo by Fred Zermeno)

Councilman Jose Huizar noted the energy from fans who went to City Hall to see their sports hero.

“I don’t believe in my 10 years here at City Council there has been a more exciting day than today … as we welcome Kobe Bryant on Mamba Day in the city of Los Angeles,” he said.

Bryant expressed gratitude for being able to play with his favorite team during his entire NBA career, and said when he first came to Los Angeles, he did not think he would ever be standing in City Council receiving this honor.

“It’s a very surreal experience having a day named after you,” he said.

He added that “to spend 20 years with the same time, the team that was my dream team growing up as a kid, to spend my entire career wearing that golden armor has been a huge blessing and a huge honor.”

Garcetti described Bryant as “fiercely competitive,” much like Los Angeles, and “uncommonly loyal at a times when people switch teams like it is a new suit they are putting on.”

Huizar said Bryant should be admired not just because he is “unbelievably talented,” but because he “has taught all of us in Los Angeles that this city has a fighting spirit.”

“It doesn’t matter how down you are,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what hardships you face. You keep showing up, you keeping practicing, you keep going and yes you keep winning and here in L.A.”

Bryant played his entire 20-season career with the Lakers, helping them win five NBA championships, and was chosen as the NBA Finals MVP for both of the two most recent championships.

The 6-foot-6-inch Bryant, a guard for most of his career but listed as a forward-guard in his final season, scored 33,643 points, the third most in league history, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928).

Bryant was the league’s MVP in the 2007-2008 season, received All-NBA honors 15 times, including 11 first-team selections, and was chosen to play in the league’s All-Star Game 18 times.

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