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.

An Evening Class of Wine in Harvard Heights

[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.]

As seen in the below posts I tried to include a flavor of life in West Adams by photographing people in addition to homes for the book:




In the photo above you see a few folks enjoying themselves in the middle of the Harvard Heights Home and Wine Tour. I found the whole affair quite civilizing; who doesn't want to meander through beautiful homes in West Adams, a class of wine in hand, under the Southern California evening sun?

Another shot of the tour is including in the book; see the 'screen grab' from the iBook Introduction below.