Los Angeles. Portrait of a City - Reviews (6)
|“This compact book by cultural anthropologist and graphic design historian Jim Heimann is simply a pictorial history of the City of Angels. From the first known photograph taken in Los Angeles to its most recent sweeping vistas, this tribute provides a fascinating journey through the city’s cultural, political, industrial, and sociological history. In Los Angeles, Portrait Of A City L.A. is shown in its emergence from a desert wasteland to a vast palm-studded urban metropolis, beginning with the 1880s’ real estate boom, through the early days of Hollywood, the urban sprawl of the late 20th century, and right up to the present day.”— Getaddictedto.com, Munich, Germany|
|"I want to spotlight a book that dovetails neatly with the current zeitgeist in the Los Angeles art world, a spirit of time and place that I believe is largely a result of the Getty's city-wide Pacific Standard Time initiative. TASCHEN's fabulous photography book, Los Angeles, Portrait of a City, fleshes out the cultural identity of the city, before and after the 1945-1980 focus of Pacific Standard Time, and is nothing less than a joy to own... So get comfortable in your favorite chair and give yourself at least two hours to take in the over 500 photographs that range from the first known photograph of Los Angeles, a largely pastoral scene taken in 1862, to a portrait of the founder of Forest Lawn surrounded by prints of big-eyed Jesuses, to recent landmarks such as Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Hall... You'll travel through time with highlights of the city's cultural, political, industrial, and sociological history... You don't have to live in Los Angeles to appreciate this book and the huge cultural impact Los Angeles has had on the rest of the world."— Huffingtonpost.com, New York, United States|
|"The photographic TASCHEN book, Los Angeles, Portrait of a City is a marvelous work written by Harvard PhD. and USC Professor Kevin Starr and David L. Ulin, books editor for the L.A. Times. Edited by Jim Heimann, it incorporates some gorgeous history-laden photographs for the City of the Angels, the place my family and I call home. It is its own highlight and worth discussion."— It Rains...You Get Wet Blog, Los Angeles, United States|
|"Le mythe en images. Le toc californien est on ne peut plus d’actualité en librairie. Sur les devantures, on repère trois nouveautés croquignolettes. Los Angeles, Portrait d’une ville est la première enquête approfondie qui regroupe autant de témoignages photographiques sur l’histoire de la Cité des anges."— L’Essentiel, Bruxelles, Belgium|
|"Ce très bel ouvrage réunit le pire et le meilleur de la cite des Anges. Au travers de bons textes et d’images étonnantes, on retrouve les mythes fondateurs: de la starlette en tenue de soirée en train de grignoter un hot-dog au petit matin aux bunnies d’Hugh Hefner, de la guerre des gangs de l’Entre-deux-guerres aux films de genre des années 1980, de Santa Monica aux délires architecturaux des sixties. Pour les inconditionnels de la mégapole de la Côte ouest."— The Good Life, Paris, France|
|“In over 500 pages, Portrait of a City brings you images of some of the dreams upon which LA was built, from old photos of makeshift movie studios, to drive-ins and beaches, to celebrities like the young Jackson 5, and of course, to the ubiquitous backyard swimming pools. A challenging project for any city, but a portrait of such a diverse, confusing and ever-changing environment as Los Angeles is as nostalgically sweet as a dream that for many has not yet been realized but still holds a morsel of hope.”— Range Finder, Los Angeles, United States|
|"Sarà perchè la città è così fotogenica, immersa nella luce tutto l'anno, sarà per la sua storia culturale, politica, industriale, sociale. ... Una città che ha saputo far innamorare chi ci ha vissuto, ma che va capita. Esiste un bel libro, edito da TASCHEN, Los Angeles: Portrait of a City, che è letteralmente il ritratto che ci restituiscono fotografi come Julius Shulman, Garry Winogrand, William Claxton e molti altri superbi maestri dell'obiettivo le cui immagini sono state recuperate da archivi e musei mettendone assieme oltre 500."— Muse, Milano, Italy|
|"Depuis le boom immobilier des années 1880 jusqu’à l’extension incontrôlée de l’époque contemporaine, voici, en 500 photos, l’histoire culturelle, sociologique, politique, physique de la Cité des Anges. Un tourbillon d’instantanés montrant L.A. comme un organisme vivant. Magnifique et vertigineux."— Nitro, Paris, France|
|"Visuelle Vielschichtigkeit zeichnet dieses ‚Portrait einer Stadt' aus ... - eine alle Vorstellung überschreitende Materialfülle in großartiger Qualität."— CHIP Foto-Video Digital, München, Germany|
|"Von der Geburt der ‚Stadt der Engel' erzählen mehr als 500 Bilder, die der Kulturwissenschaftler Jim Heimann in dem opulenten Band ... zusammengetragen hat ... Ein Stadtportrait mit Goldgräbern, Stars, Beachboys und Betschwestern von 1862 bis heute."— Focus, München, Germany|
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- My Favorite TASCHEN Book Is...
“I’ve called Los Angeles home for more than four decades, and still I manage to discover more of it every time I open this TASCHEN book. It captures everything I love about my home – Muscle Beach, palm trees, the Hollywood hills – and even manages to show off some of the things I hate – the fantastic map of the old, extensive public transit system that was dismantled and discarded reminds me of just how shortsighted my starstruck home can be. Benedikt Taschen did the impossible. He took a city obsessed with the hottest, newest things and managed to create a lasting and beautiful memory.”
Illustration by Robert Nippoldt
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