Brilliant Pictures of People in Cars, Captured in 1970s L.A.

By Daisy Woodward

One day in 1970, while out scouting material for a class project, 19-year-old photography student Mike Mandel, began shooting pictures of people in their cars as they cruised around the streets of Los Angeles. “I don’t exactly remember why,” the feted image-maker, now 66, tells us over the phone from his home in Massachusetts. “I know that Walker Evans often included cars, and other types of technology, in his work as a clever way of talking about a specific period of time…

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