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Los Angeles. Portrait of a City

Los Angeles. Portrait of a City

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A photographic tribute to the City of Angels, tracing its cultural, political, industrial, and sociological history from the 1880s real estate boom to the present day, with over 500 images and essays by renowned California historian Kevin Starr and Los Angeles literature expert David L. Ulin.

Format: Hardback
Length: 572 pages
Publication date: 15 February 2021
Publisher: Taschen GmbH

From the very first known photograph taken in the vibrant city of Los Angeles to its most recent breathtaking vistas, this photographic tribute pays homage to the City of Angels, offering a captivating journey through the city's rich cultural, political, industrial, and sociological history. Spanning from the 1880s real estate boom to the early days of Hollywood and the sprawling urban development of the late 20th century, this comprehensive collection showcases the city's evolution into a vast palm-studded urban metropolis. With an astounding array of over 500 images, Los Angeles emerges from a desolate desert wasteland to become a vibrant and bustling metropolis.

Events that shook the world, such as the two Olympic Games, the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, and the tumultuous Rodney King riots, paint a multifaceted picture of this dynamic city. The entertainment capital of the world, Hollywood, and its famous celebrities are showcased alongside numerous other notable residents, personalities, architects, artists, and musicians. The city's vibrant pop cultural movements, including music, surfing, health food fads, gangs, and hot rods, are captured, as are its notorious crimes and criminals.

This book presents Los Angeles in all its grandeur and complexity, featuring hundreds of newly discovered images culled from major historical archives, museums, private collectors, and universities. These images, taken by renowned photographers like Julius Shulman, Garry Winogrand, William Claxton, and many others, are given context and depth through essays by renowned California historian Kevin Starr and Los Angeles literature expert David L. Ulin.

Through their insightful perspectives, readers are invited to explore the many facets of Los Angeles, from its iconic landmarks to its hidden corners, and from its rich cultural heritage to its contemporary challenges. This photographic tribute serves as a testament to the city's enduring spirit and its ability to captivate and inspire generations of visitors and residents alike.

Weight: 4294g
Dimension: 347 x 262 x 47 (mm)
ISBN-13: 9783836502917

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