Apr 282019
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Past Tense: California

Bob Martin

Bob Martin

Past Tense: California is the first project from the archival storytelling project of The New York Times.

Presenters: Veronica Chambers Teresa Zabala

Location: Annenberg Space for Photography

Presented by:

  • The New York Times

Past Tense: California is the first project from the archival storytelling project of The New York Times. As we digitize some six million photo prints in our files, dating back more than 100 years, we are using those images to bring the events and characters of the past to life in the present.

Presenter Bios

  • Veronica Chambers

    Veronica Chambers

    Veronica Chambers is a journalist and editor who leads the archival storytelling team at The New York Times. She is the editor of a new anthology titled Queen Bey: A Celebration of the Power and Creativity of Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. Her other books include: Mama’s Girl, a critically acclaimed memoir, and co-wrote Yes, Chef with Marcus Samuelsson and 32 Yolks with Eric Ripert. Born in Panama, and raised in Brooklyn, she speaks, reads and writes Spanish. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @vvchambers.

  • Teresa Zabala

    Teresa Zabala

    Teresa Zabala was born in Salinas, California in 1938. She graduated from U.C.L.A. with a degree in Art History, but found herself more enamored of photography and spent a year at the ArtCenter College of Design. Teresa got her first job photographing for the Monterey Herald, and went on to work at Record American (which later became the Boston Herald) before becoming a full time photographer at the San Francisco Examiner and eventually landing at The New York Times covering Washington as a staff photographer. These days, she spends her time traveling for pleasure and photographing as a freelancer.


  • The New York Times

    The New York Times

    Since 1851, the New York Times has been on the ground reporting stories from around the globe that no one else was telling. How we tell those stories has changed, but our mission to seek the truth and help people understand the world has remained constant.

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