USC Dornsife College Of Letters Arts and Sciences

University of Southern California

The Soul of Los Angeles


The Soul of Los Angeles

Portraits of Faith, Hope and Social Transformation

Photographs by Jerry Berndt

Los Angeles is one of the most diverse cities in the world and is a microcosm of our global community. One window into this complex metropolis is the institution of religion as portrayed by Jerry Berndt. Through his lens we see people raising their hands in praise, kneeling in submission to a higher power, and working together to bring about a more just social order.

100 black and white photographs
18″ X 22″, black metal frames

Previous Venues:
Berkeley Public Library
Biola University
California State Capitol Building
Cal State Fullerton (North American Interfaith Network)
Directors Guild of America (City of Angels Film Festival)
First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
Fuller Theological Seminary
Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
La Sierra University
Loma Linda University
Los Angeles Public Library, Central Branch
Los Angeles Convention Center (Encuentro 2000)
Masjid Umar Ibn Al-Khattab
New Horizon School (Cornerstone Theater Festival of Faith)
Pasadena Public Library
Polytechnic School, Pasadena
San Diego Public Library, Mission Valley Branch
San Francisco Public Library
Southern California Library for Social Research
University of Dayton
University of Southern California Festival 125
University of Southern California, Helen Lindhurst Gallery
University of Southern California, Doheny Library
University of California Los Angeles, Research Library

Center for Religion and Civic Culture
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0520
Phone: (213) 821-1181

Jerry Berndt was a photographer who partnered with the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture.