Revealed: The Secret Life of Culver City Swimmers


If the people looking out at you from the large-scale photo banners now hanging along Culver Blvd. in Culver City look familiar, here’s why: You might know them. The subjects, who were photographed by director-photographer Judy Starkman, are L.A. locals who swim regularly at the Culver City Plunge Pool. Together, their portraits comprise “The Secret Life of Swimmers,” a public art project created for the city.

Starkman photographed 75 swimmers twice for the series—once going about their everyday lives and then again in an identical pose poolside. Her goal was to capture how many different personalities are drawn to swimming, and to celebrate the pool as a place of refuge and community.

This short, beautifully shot film introduces “The Secret Life of Swimmers” on the project’s Web site, but why not get out and see the banners in Culver City after watching? That way, should you be so inspired, you can always pop on over to Plunge for a dip.