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Mother and Child.

Hollywood Forever is L.A.'s oldest memorial park, Rita Hayworth and Rudolph Valentino's final resting place. On its 111th year anniversary, Lisa and I went to the 12th annual Dia de Los Muertos commemoration.

Some of these photos on this page have appeared in FotoBlur Magazine's website, the LA Times, and are available at my photo store.

A decidedly more disturbing photo from Dia de los Muertos.

Dia de los Muertos is about gathering families and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Although this usually corresponds with the Catholic holiday All Saints' Day on November 1 and 2, Hollywood Forever held it beforehand. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls and the favorite foods, beverages, and affects of the departed.

Historians trace the origins to indigenous observances 2500-3000 years ago ago as well as to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl.

I was particuliarly moved by the sadness on this woman's face.

A Dia de los Muertos tip of the hat to the recently fallen Steve Jobs, visionary of Apple Computers.

Dancing at Dia de los Muertos.

Donkey man.


Portrait of two women at Dia de los Muertos 2011 at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

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Ken's photos of Nobel Peace Prize Winner Aung San Suu Kyi, as well as photos of Peru, Burma, India, Morocco, China, Thailand, Ghana, Ecuador, and elsewhere, have appeared in many books, magazines, websites, and galleries.  Visit the Ken Lee Photography Website. Some of Ken's select photos may be purchased through his Imagekind Store.

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