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.

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Day of the Dead

[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 Pages 296-298 of the iBook we've got a glimpse of neighborhood actives in North University Park. Above: as part of Día de Muertos celebrations a theatre group performs at a local park. In this sketch a City Councilman is tormented by the ghosts of laws he voted for that hurt the immigrant community of Los Angeles.

Below: children in Día de Muertos makeup.

Below: Painting a symbolic tombstone.

Below: young dancers cross Hoover Street, (location of Alfred J. Salisbury House and other grand Victorians.)

CicLAVia

[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.]

In every chapter of the Book I try to give a little glimpse of the people of LA. Here on Page 140 of the Victoria Park Chapter we've got a couple of shots of CicLAVia, Los Angeles' regular 'closed road' communal bike ride, seen in April of 2013.

In the shot above you have Victoria Park on the right with the historic West Boulevard Bridge at top; the photo below is taken from that Bridge with Victoria Park on the left.

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.

Day of the Dead in University Park

Something different for today - some photos of the Day of the Dead festivities here in University Park, West Adams.

In the first photo we a morality tale performed in Estrella Park by the 24th Street Theater: a local city councilman is haunted by the bills he passed that impact the lives of working folk, followed by traditional Day of the Dead makeup and decoration of graves.

22nd Annual WAHA Living History Tour - Entertaining Lives at the Angelus Rosedale Cemetery

More shots taken at the Angelus Rosedale Cemetery as seen in these posts:

Angelus Rosedale Cemetery

More of Angelus Rosedale

This time the photos were taken at the actual 'Living History' tour itself.

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!