Maybe the last elevator operator in Los Angeles

Ruben Pardo. Photo by Joanna Clay

Inside an old art deco building on the Miracle Mile stands Ruben Pardo. His office is an old elevator dating back to the early 20th century. With his operator permit posted proudly inside, he is a symbol of a fading profession in Los Angeles – and at 74 years old, he could be one of the last.

— Produced by Joanna Clay