800 Traction Ave












“This story began with an assignment to document the current state of the Joannes Brothers building at 800 Traction Avenue located in DTLA’s Arts District. What we walked away with is a greater understanding of how buildings and architecture can shape culture within a neighborhood.”
– Prologue Excerpt by John Zabawa

11in x 9.5in
Hardcover Linen Bound
250 Pages
Edition of 250

Creative Direction by New Ways
Produced & Printed by Equator Books
Photography by Matt Correia
Prologue by John Zabawa
Epilogue by Eva Hagberg
Edited by Hanna Snyder
Historical Images courtesy of Los Angeles Public Library

Every once in a while, a project comes along that challenges you to think differently. In this case, it started with an empty building in DTLA’s Arts District. 

By working with photographer Matt Correia, we knew he would be able to capture the essence of these spaces through a curious and unfiltered lens. The images in this book are a depiction of a space that has changed hands throughout the decades.

This book serves as a historical artifact and time stamp that concretes the remants of John Parkinson’s contribution to the city of Los Angeles. The primary typeface used in the book is Suisse Int’l by Swiss Type Foundry.



Available for purchase at Equator Books.