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.

Starting Down West Adams Boulevard

[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 it is completely online.]

On Page 155 we follow on from yesterday's Chapter Opening and start our walk down West Adams Boulevard.

In Versions 1 through 1.5 of the iBook the photograph below is used - this shot was designed to match the old postcard seen in the Chapter Opening so that we could see clearly the contrast between the grand old street West Adams was back in the day and its gnawingly anodyne aspect today.

I was never happy with the above photograph - though I felt it was successful in conveying the blandness of this part of the boulevard, the intentionally dull composition and pictorial qualities never sat right with the book's other images which are so much more exuberant.

So it has been replaced in version 1.6 of the iBook which should be available on the iTunes store within a few weeks; it's a free update to everyone who already has it and includes a number of new photographs as well as web link fixes and other minor bits of business.