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    Jim Heimann(Editor)

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Rise and sprawl: how Los Angeles came to be a pictorial history of the City of Angels


From the first known photograph taken in Los Angeles to its most recent sweeping vistas, this photographic tribute to the City of Angels provides a fascinating journey through the city s cultural, political, industrial, and sociological history. It traces the city s development from the 1880s real estate boom, through the early days of Hollywood and the urban sprawl of the late 20th century, right up to the present day. With over 500 images, L.A. is shown emerging from a desert wasteland to become a vast palm-studded urban metropolis.


Events that made world news including two Olympics, Bobby Kennedy s assassination, and the Rodney King riots reveal a city of many dimensions. The entertainment capital of the world, Hollywood, and its celebrities are showcased along with many other notable residents, personalities, architects, artists, and musicians. The city s pop cultural movements, its music, surfing, health food fads, gangs, and hot rods are included, as are its notorious crimes and criminals. This book depicts Los Angeles in all its glory and grit, via hundreds of freshly discovered images including those of Julius Shulman, Garry Winogrand, William Claxton and many other superb photographers, culled from major historical archives, museums, private collectors, and universities. These are given context and resonance through essays by renowned California historian Kevin Starr and Los Angeles literature expert David L. Ulin.

The contributing authors:Kevin Starr holds a PhD from Harvard University and is Professor of History at the University of Southern California. His many articles and books have won him a Guggenheim Fellowship, Gold and Silver Medals of the Commonwealth Club, the Centennial Medal from Harvard, and the Humanities Medal from the National Endowment of the Humanities.David L. Ulin is the books editor of the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of "The Myth of Solid Ground: Earthquakes, Prediction, and the Fault Line Between Reason and Faith," and the editor of "Another City: Writing from Los Angeles" and "Writing Los Angeles: A Literary Anthology." He has written for The Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, and The New York Times Book Review.The editor:Cultural anthropologist and graphic design historian Jim Heimann is Executive Editor for TASCHEN America, and author of numerous books on architecture, pop culture, and the history of the West Coast, Los Angeles, and Hollywood. His unrivaled private collection of ephemera has been featured in museum exhibitions around the world and in dozens of books.

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  • PDF | 572 pages
  • Jim Heimann(Editor)
  • TASCHEN Gmbh; Mul edition (25 Oct. 2009)
  • English
  • 7
  • Art, Architecture & Photography

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  • By David Lord on 7 November 2014

    After living in Los Angeles for over 30 years I thought I knew pretty much about the city. This book presents an excitement to the reader to learn more about the city. The collection of photographs and commentaries have been researched thoroughly. They Are presented in a chronological manner depicting the historic growth and expansion from historic archives and more. I was surprised at the extensive collection of maps and photographs in the book, some I have seen before but this is a great collection and to my mind is one of the best to date and properly represents the story of Los Angeles.Great visuals, an excellent book for anyone who want to know about my city or wants to look through the eyes of the photographer and see the city grow.Would recommend this to anyone.

  • By A. Parker on 4 March 2016

    It's an amazing book and I'm glad I listened to those who recommended buying the proper, big version. It's really big, like a proper photo album and there is real magic in those images. To be able to see, for example, what the city looked like at the very beginning is kind of strange and almost unbelievable, but those images capture it and transport you back in time. You don't just look at them, you study them.I wanted to give it five stars but I feel like I would've liked more description with every picture. Most of the time you get a couple of lines explaining what you're looking at but there's always something missing that prevents you to truly understand what's going on. I guess that if you want to know more you can always google it but I wish I didn't have to do it. This book on its own should be able to tell a cohesive story, without me having to resort to other sources to find out what I'm looking at and put it in context. Other than that, it's one of those books everyone should have.

  • By MB on 30 August 2013

    This book is great value for money, very informative and fabulous photos.I bought this book as I've always had an interest in old Hollywood and Los Angeles in general, and this ticked all the boxes.I'm looking to get the London and New York one next.Would highly recommend it.

  • By Mr. R. I. Bird on 8 August 2014

    A great book in a fantastic series showcasing the Worlds greatest cities, others in the series, London, Berlin, Paris are equally just as fantastic you've got to get the set, sit back and see the World through Taschen's eyes!

  • By Lisa Karen Richards on 27 November 2013

    Wonderful design, this is the perfect historic companion for those who have fallen in love with this amazing city. Great coffee table book.

  • By sean oconnell on 17 June 2013

    Lovley book as I have said in the previous review I love the pictures.Very quick delivery & with a very good map

  • By Anja Möller on 15 December 2016

    very interesting book with a lot of photos and a bit of the city's history. i love LA , this book is a mus


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