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.

Last Page of the Kinney Heights Chapter

[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.]

We end the Kinney Heights Chapter on Paqe 90 with this candid shot; a front lawn birthday and graduation party as described in the Chapter Intro Video. As always I sprinkled actual human events throughout the book to give some sense of the people, life and culture of West Adams. I love the fact that a young woman's party grew to include several homes on block and so many neighbors - you can see this more clearly in the unused photo below.