About the Book
Only two miles away, there are the remains of the Murphy Ranch. In 1933, Winona and Norman Stephens acquired 55 acres of land located in Rustic Canyon, Los Angeles. They were sympathizers of anti-Semitic white supremacist Silver Legion of America and believed that Germans were soon to invade the USA. Winona and Norman Stephens oversaw the construction of Murphy Ranch which was meant to be a hide-out place for Third Reich sympathizers until German Nazi rule had been established. However in 1941, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the police occupied the compound and detained all members.
Today the compound is owned by the city of Los Angeles and a few of the structures remain as graffiti-covered ruins. In early 2016 some of the buildings were demolished, as they were deemed unsafe, however it is still a favorite spot for hikers and visitors today.
Photographer Ina Jungmann takes an art form known for capturing reality and uses it to explore our fractured relationship with place, hope and memory. Using multiple exposures, she creates high-end photographs that are textured, nuanced, and otherworldly. She has exhibited in Los Angeles, Germany, Syria, and Poland.