Outrageous Images from 1970s Corporate America

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The scene is comically out of date. Hulking computers, file cabinets packed with paper, boot-cut suits. It could be a parody starring any one of Judd Apatow’s favored actors. Only it’s not. In the late 1970s, photographer Susan Ressler took to the offices of corporate America–or, at least, the moneyed Los Angeles version of it. She toured the luxe halls of companies like Bank of America, A&M records, and ARCO to capture the people inside. Earlier this year, Ressler published her findings in a book, Executive Order: Images of 1970s Corporate America. And now through November 30, you can see a selection of these images at an exhibition of the same name currently on view at San Diego’s Joseph Bellows Gallery. If you happen to be heading to parts further south than SIXTY Beverly Hills, we highly recommend checking it out. Until then, scroll on.

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Susan Ressler, Wednesday. Courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery.

Susan Ressler

Susan Ressler, Honeywell (from the Los Angeles Documentary Project). Courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery.

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Susan Ressler, Central Bank (from American Business Interiors). Courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery.

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Susan Ressler, Tapes. Courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery.

Susan Ressler

Susan Ressler, Vidal Sassoon (from the Los Angeles Documentary Project). Courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery

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Susan Ressler, Riding High (from American Business Interiors). Courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery.

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Susan Ressler, Architectural Digest (from the Los Angeles Documentary Project). Courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery.

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Susan Ressler, Pacific Design (from American Business Interiors). Courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery.

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Susan Ressler, Languid Blonde. Courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery.

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Susan Ressler, Cloud Break Los Angeles. Courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery.

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Susan Ressler, System Development Corporation Santa Monica (from the Los Angeles Documentary Project). Courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery.

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Susan Ressler, A&M Records (from the Los Angeles Documentary Project). Courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery.  

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