Many people think of Los Angeles as a cultural wasteland of freeways clogged with traffic, chain infested strip-malls and fatty fast food. But it wasn’t until I moved to the city that I really started to uncover and explore many of the great historical locations known by locals that really reflect the incredible melting pot of cultural influences that make up the cities past.
The LA Farmers Market has been open since 1934 and is a historical landmark featuring over 100 vendors including ready-to-eat foods covering America, Spanish, French and Asian cuisines, grocers, toy and game shops and high end delis. Unlike many farmers markets which are usually held at specific intervals like once a week or month, this market is a permanent installation open seven days a week.
Camera Gear Used
- Leica MP240
- 35mm Summilux 1.4 FLE Lens
- B&W 0.9 3 Stop ND Filter
LA is crazy big – so directions really depend on where you are coming from. But one small tip – park at the Grove shopping mall parking lot. Its way easier to get a park there than at the market itself.
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What I love about the LA Farmers Market, within a photographer’s perspective, is that its a great place for both people watching, making it perfect for portrait and street style photos. But what makes it really unique is many of the vendors have been there for 50-70 years or more and the signage and design of their stores have changed little over the years. This can add a very historical feeling to your photography making it really hard to pinpoint when the photo was taken giving it a very timeless quality.
Address: 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036
GPS: 34.0719955 | -118.360253
Accessibility: Open 7 days a week with free entry. It’s easier to park at the Grove shopping mall next door and walk across. Check out the website as some stores have different operating hours.