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.

Tree Sheltering Bouncy Castle in Van Buren Place

[As part of the remit to make the Untold LA iPad Book available to as many people as possible I'll be posting photos from the book in sequential order on a regular basis until all of them are online.]

On pages 43-47 of the Van Buren Place Chapter we had Irene and Bob Grant talk about what it's like being the oldest couple on the block. Thought it would be nice to follow that on Page 48 with this shot a of a Camphor tree sheltering a bouncy castle at a child's birthday party.

I became progressively more fascinated with the flora of Southern California over the two years spent shooting Untold; this informs the experience of reading the book as one can't help but notice that the plant life, the trees, bushes and flowers of Los Angeles have intertwined themselves with the historic homes of West Adams, usually to beautiful effect.