Low and Slow: a look at Lowriders

The culmination of my master's degree at the University of Southern California is a project based on lowriders and lowriding.

Updates will be made as content is generated or edited. Deadline for documentary and photography series is May 2018.


Documentary film

Spending time with lowriders, those who build them and others in their community will show that lowriding is much more than cool cars. There is culture and history behind each feature of a lowrider. Each part of a lowrider has a story of its creation.

Photography series

The lowriding community is rich with personality and passion for their cars. The face of lowriding is evolving. The lowriders of 2018 might not be the same people you'd expect to be lowriders in the 1970s and 1980s; there are some who have been in the community for decades and others who are just joining the club.

We've got a rough cut of the prologue, ya'll!

Building lowriders

Showing lowriders

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Behind the scenes:


Félix Gutiérrez, professor emeritus of journalism, communication and American studies at the University of Southern California gives his perception of lowriders and his insight of cultural expression and identity. Though he’s a Southern California native who grew up in East L.A. and South Pasadena, he pursued higher education and was a little bit older than the guys who were investing time and money in their cars to start lowriding.

Lowriders, including the Sacramento chapter of the Dukes Car Club, cruise in the Little League parade with the mayor of Sacramento. This is the rearview out of a "bomb" owned by Carlos Rodriguez, with the official Dukes plaque in the rear window. Behind, an independent (nonaffiliated) lowrider is "hitting the switches" to use hydraulics to make his car go up and down.