The Taschen New York store is directly across the street from my office and sometimes when I need to clear my head I’ll trot over there to flip through some of their beautiful books and drift off into another world. After I posted the old Kodachromes of L.A., a few people pointed me in the direction of Los Angeles, Portrait of a City and I was immediately sucked in to the amazing photography of an amazing city.
That cover image is especially great. To think that that was real is nothing short of mind blowing. All of these old pictures have me watching L.A. Confidential and Chinatown, loving the long gone City of Angels.
Cover image by Frank Thomas from The Frank J. Thomas Archives. Second photo to bottom: Jim Heimann Collection, Jim Heimann Collection, Dennis Hopper, The Frank J. Thomas Archives, University of Southern California/Regional History Center, Getty Images, Jim Heimann Collection, Getty Images, Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images.
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Comments on “Los Angeles”
Those are some great pictures. As someone who lives in the suburbs of LA, I don’t have the patience to navigate the city of today. I do enjoy viewing the history of the city.
Every so often, KCET, the local PBS affiliate will air a program from the early 90s called “Things That Aren’t Here Anymore” which focuses on vanished places of LA. This book reminded me of that program.
I got this book as a thank you gift for a photographer I art directed recently. He is from LA and had never seen the book. He absolutely loved the amazing collection of images. Taschen has created some truly magical books over the years. Though there is no store in SF, I stop by the Beverly Hills shop every time I am down south.
thank you for posting these things…they are like a breath of fresh air that remind me of the times when the world was a lot more elegant and not so casual…I only wish the stores you are presenting had overseas delivery :)
this book looks pretty awesome. thanks for sharing.
I didn’t know LA had a little tokyo area! great pics..thanks for sharing! Greetings from Umbria!
It’s too bad that girl in the first picture has about two seconds to live.
Great photos but even better outfits in them!
Got the book for Christmas and it’s the only thing on our coffee table now. Fantastic.
Good post. I love taschen books, I have spent hours in their stores.
Great post. This guy Jim Heimann who put this book together is a genius. He does all the pop culture books for TASCHEN. New Roadside America book he’s doing looks great as well. They are coming out with New York book like this in the Fall I think.
God, I need that book! LA is my favourite city in the world. Need to watch Chinatown again too. Love that baubles in the pool picture!
That Slim Aarons photo is awesome
Good post, I lovelos angeles
LA before it went third world. Looks nice.
Its raining and windy in New York, and your making me miss LA. That’s not nice.
Excellent post. This is the L.A.of my dreams! Mickey Cohen looks one serious wise guy. . .
Sooo glad to see so many Los Angeles lovers (and not haters) !
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