From the first-known photograph taken in Los Angeles to its most recent sprawling vistas, this photographic tribute to the City of Angels explores the cultural, political, industrial, and sociological history via the work of myriad photographers.
...Rise and sprawl: how Los Angeles came to be A pictorial history of the City of Angels From the first known photograph taken in Los Angeles to its most recent sweeping vistas, thisphotographic tribute to the City of Angelsprovides a fascinating journey through the city s cultural, political, industrial, and sociological history. It traces the city s development from the 1880s real estate boom, through the early days of Hollywood and the urban sprawl of the late 20th century, right up to the present day. Withover 500 images, L.A. is shown emerging from a desert wasteland to become a vast palm-studded urban metropolis.Events that made world news including two Olympics, Bobby Kennedy s assassination, and the Rodney King riots reveal a city of many dimensions. The entertainment capital of the world, Hollywood, and its celebrities are showcased along with many other notable residents, personalities, architects, artists, and musicians. The city s pop cultural movements, its music, surfing, health food fads, gangs, and hot rods are included, as are its notorious crimes and criminals. This book depicts Los Angeles in all its glory and grit, viahundreds of freshly discovered imagesincluding those ofJulius Shulman, Garry Winogrand, William Claxtonand many other superb photographers, culled from major historical archives, museums, private collectors, and universities. These are given context and resonance through essays by renowned California historianKevin Starrand Los Angeles literature expertDavid L. Ulin. Text in English, French, and German "