Arts Council for Long Beach is featuring artists from our Artist Registry. For the month of September, we are celebrating Latinx heritage and this week we are highlighting photographer Valerie J. Bower.

Valerie J. Bower (b. 1986) is a Los Angeles based photographer. Her dream-like, monochrome street photography shows a softer, feminine point of view on typically masculine themes and subjects. Focusing on BIPOC, she documents various street cultures and everyday life, primarily in Los Angeles. She has also explored the influences of West Coast and lowrider culture in other parts of the U.S., Japan, and Mexico. Her work also includes a collection of self-published books, zines, and other printed items such as letter writing and postcard sets. In 2017, Valerie’s photography book “Homegirls” was archived into the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. 

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Instagram: @valeriej.bower