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.

Putting the iPad Book on the Web for Free

While I think the iPad version of Untold LA is the best way to use the book, (holding an illuminated panel in your hand, almost like a living stained glass window, I find to be an transformative experience), I want to make the content, all 500 photos, two hours of video and 70 oral history audio segments available for free on the web. 

With this in mind, every day, Monday through Friday, I'll put posting pages from the Book in numerical order on the blog until the entire thing is available and searchable. 

Below are the first three pages of the Book - the Table of Contents, Copyright Page and Dedication. On the Copyright Page is a link to the Version History. So far Version One is online on the iTunes Store with Version 1.2 coming out soon. Already folks have pointed a couple of corrections that need to be made in the book, (I labelled Wisteria as Bougainvillea  in one photo - must have not had enough coffee that morning!). As it's an online document, (like an App), it can be constantly updated.