Picturing Los Angeles

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Overview

Picturing Los Angeles illustrates the creation, evolution, and ever-changing face of Los Angeles. Through stunning photography, the city's intriguing, important, and unexpectedly influential past is revealed. These images function like frames from a movie, offering glimpses of an ever-evolving metropolis. Drawing upon more than two hundred years of images and human experience, the authors have gathered a telling array of newspaper photos, historical snapshots of the movie industry, and photos that offer a glimpse into the sports, politics, industry, social change, crime, disasters, arts, and everyday life of each decade.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586857332
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/8/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Jon and Nancy Wilkman are husband and wife documentary filmmakers and writers, with a special interest in history. Their documentaries have received numerous awards and have been seen around the world. Long-time Angelenos, Jon and Nancy share a passion for their city's rich and underappreciated past, as well as L.A.'s vibrant and multicultural present.

Jon and Nancy Wilkman are husband and wife documentary filmmakers and writers, with a special interest in history. Their documentaries have received numerous awards and have been seen around the world. Long-time Angelenos, Jon and Nancy share a passion for their city's rich and underappreciated past, as well as L.A.'s vibrant and multicultural present.

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Compared to Cairo, Beijing, London or New York, the history of Los Angeles may be relatively short, undervalued and often misunderstood, but to find it you only need to look. There is no more evocative way to begin than with a photograph.

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Table of Contents

preface 6

acknowledgments 9 1769-1900

from outpost to upstart 10

1900-1910 strangers in paradise 44

1910-1920 dynamite, waterworks and picture shows 68

1920-1930 the great american boomtown 98

1930-1940 brother, can you spare a dream? 126

1940-1950 from battlefields to barbecues 158

1950-1960 sprawling toward tomorrow 186

1960-1970 homesteading on the new frontier 214

1970-1980 whose future is it? 238

1980-1990 the world comes to stay 262

1990 and Beyond remembering the future 290

photo credits 324

index 326

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2006

    LA Show-and-Tell

    Photos we hadn't seen before...insights we hadn't considered before. 'Picturing Los Angeles' is a show-and-tell book of the highest order. If you're looking for the perfect gift to give newcomers to the LA area, a gift that will help them make sense of this unique community--this is it. Congratulations to the Wilkmans for delivering a history book that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. [Review by Albert Greenstein]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2006

    LOS ANGELES -- Story and Picture Perfect!

    The fascinating history of Hollywood and it's intriguing cast of characters is but one delicious slice of this captivatingly written pie, with photographs that will make you want to look...and look again! PICTURING LOS ANGELES can be enjoyed in tasty little bites or devoured whole. I loved it!

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