Ted VanCleave is a Los Angeles-based photographer who has received numerous honors and distinctions. His iconic, deftly colorized closeups of the Hollywood Sign use extreme angles, textural detail, and creative composition to achieve a powerful effect.
His work was selected by Laura Rosenstock, Curator of the Museum of Modern Art of New York, to appear in the Faber Birren Color Award Show. He was also awarded Top National Honors from the prestigious National Watercolor Society.
Ted is one of the few photographers that has done two series with the Hollywood Sign. In his second series ‘The Hollywood Sign: New Perspectives,’ he focused on photographing new points of view so you can get a sense of how rugged the terrain is, and how steep the mountainside is. You get to the see how the sign is firmly planted into the almost cliff-like wall of rocks and the sparse plant life surrounding it. Since most people only view the sign from miles away, I wanted to give them the sense of being there with me, on the mountain, embracing the poetic grace of the Sign. Standing on top of Mount Lee, overlooking the sprawling LA basin, it’s hard not to feel a sense of wonderment and history that embodies the Sign.”