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.

Saturday Afternoon Salon in Kinney Heights

Kinney Heights resident Wally Matsuura has hosted an impromptu Saturday afternoon 'have some wine why don't you?' salon for some years now.

I was pleased to be invited to the salon while photographing homes in Kinney Heights and enjoyed immensely the wealth of stories Wally, (seen above), has to share.

Am trying to convince Mr. Matsuura to record a little audio, a little oral history if you will, of the area for the iPad Book. Wish me luck in convincing him!