From the New York Times:
A photographer set out to portray the cookie-cutter culture of corporate America’s bygone days.
By Remy Tumin
March 21, 2018
A lady photographer has a book coming out of 40 year old pictures she took in Century City highrise corporate offices in West L.A. in the late 1970s. But how to whip up interest in such a dusty topic? Lay on the Hate Whitey rhetoric thick: her photography book, you see, is a contribution to documenting how Evil White Men were:
But these sleek towers also represented “the rise of the economic order,” Ms. Ressler said, where class, race and gender roles came into play. …
Even years after the project wrapped, she sees even more clearly the social dynamics still at play.
“It’s much more apparent to me now,” Ms. Ressler said. “When I think on it, I never met a single high-level female executive.”
She thinks about how subservient some of the women appear, the “level of resistance that underlies” a few of her subjects, she said. In one image titled “Olympia,” a woman holds a letter opener while sitting at a desk with a large “X” behind her.
“There’s a sense of frustration and resentment underneath the surface,” Ms. Ressler said.
Another shows a black receptionist looking at white executive, who is looking at the camera.
“She’s in that box, and he can’t see the way she’s looking at him,” Ms. Ressler said. “Back then, that’s just the way it was.”
For one white man’s view of Century City in 1979: