Untold LA

Photographing the Astonishing Homes of LA's West Adams District

In 2012 photographer Jett Loe encountered the forgotten Los Angeles District of West Adams, the original wealthy area of town, the “Beverly Hills before Beverly Hills.”  Filled with an astonishing collection of Victorian and Craftsman homes in vibrant, diverse neighborhoods West Adams proved to be a revelation.  Following a successful Kickstarter campaign Jett spent two years producing this mammoth delight of a book that documents the variety of homes and people in the area.

Totaling a fully interactive 365 pages with 500 photos, 70 oral history audio clips from West Adams residents and two hours of behind-the-scenes video commentary, Untold LA is a massive treasure trove for lovers of Los Angeles, American history and architecture.

Paul Williams' Home in LaFayette Square

Another test shot taken in LaFayette Square. The Fujinon X-Pro 1 is such a decent camera it does a fine job even with no preparation, (in this case my driving around looking for sights of interest).

The shots above and below are of architect Paul Williams' home done in the Art Deco Moderne style. I hope to feature other Williams structures in the iPad book, especially the Golden State Mutual building whose lines really speak to me.