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Los Angeles. Portrait of a City

Hardcover, 9.8 x 13.4 in., 9.14 lb, 572 pages
US$ 70
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Explore the City of Angels from beaches to barrios, from tiny frontier town to glittering urban metropolis and entertainment capital of the world. This suitably sun-drenched tribute to Los Angeles packs page after page with stunning photographs to capture the life and reinventions of L.A. from the 1880s to the present day.

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Customer reviews (5)

La La Land

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 earned his PhD from Harvard University and was Professor of History at the University of Southern California. His many articles and books 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

Jim Heimann is the Executive Editor for TASCHEN America. A cultural anthropologist, historian, and an avid collector, he has authored numerous titles on architecture, pop culture, and the history of Los Angeles and Hollywood, including TASCHEN’s Surfing, Los Angeles. Portrait of a City, California Crazy, and the All-American Ads series.

Los Angeles. Portrait of a City
Hardcover, 9.8 x 13.4 in., 9.14 lb, 572 pages

Customer reviews (5)

City of Angels

Matthias, October 29, 2021
I used to live in Los Angeles. This is the best reminder of this magic place!

Moody and Well Researched

Shane, October 27, 2021
I was expecting this book to have beautiful imagery and quality craftsmanship, but I was blown away with the breadth of research that went into exploring the history of Los Angeles. As a resident, I appreciate how diverse the book is and how the information on Hollywood is only a portion. Really well done!

City of angels

Maurizio, October 27, 2021
I fell in love with L.A. in my teenage. I had the possibility to visit L.A. in 2016 and this book gave me the possibility to understand how the city of angels became one of the most important city in the world. Tasche, as usual, provide high quality in their product. (and perfect delivery service)

Beautifully compiled book

Evan, October 27, 2021
All lovers of the city of angels will recognize the rich history and stories that flow from this mythical place. A joy to have a bit of that over in Europe. Highest quality, as always, TASCHEN.

Wunderbar

Benjamin, October 27, 2021
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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger

“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: Robert Nippoldt