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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.

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“A photographic celebration of L.A.” ― Los Angeles Times

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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.

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.

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Great, great coffee table collectors book of LA
Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2017
Great, great coffee table collectors book of LA. Big & heavy loaded with the history of a great city. I love this book. Give as a gift or keep, it;s awesome!
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Jennifer Hooper
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Fantastic coffee table book - very well done.
Reviewed in the United States on June 22, 2017
What a terrific coffee table book. It is a fantastic size (10.1 x 1.9 x 13.6 inches) and the quality is great. Love all the photos - some of which bring back a lot of memories. I''ve had fun turning the pages with my 18 year old daughter and talking about LA as it... See more
What a terrific coffee table book. It is a fantastic size (10.1 x 1.9 x 13.6 inches) and the quality is great. Love all the photos - some of which bring back a lot of memories. I''ve had fun turning the pages with my 18 year old daughter and talking about LA as it was.......back when.
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Great book both physically and for content! Perfect gift for an Angeleno!
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2018
Quality binding. Hard back covered w/ cloth (not cheap plastic) under dust jacket. Hefty as heck. Size (which is hard to imagine even if you get out a tape measure) is *large* - art book size (smaller than baby elephant but *big*). Well printed. Many iconic and historic... See more
Quality binding. Hard back covered w/ cloth (not cheap plastic) under dust jacket. Hefty as heck. Size (which is hard to imagine even if you get out a tape measure) is *large* - art book size (smaller than baby elephant but *big*). Well printed. Many iconic and historic photos. Perfect gift for an Angeleno. I am very pleased with it - worth every cent!
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Lena M.
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Love.love.love this book
Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2021
As a native Angeleno I appreciate the historical references in this book. I’m all about historical Los Angeles. They did a wonderful rendition. I bought the mini trying to be cheap and it turned out to be a wallet size version. I went ahead and paid the $60 plus bucks for... See more
As a native Angeleno I appreciate the historical references in this book. I’m all about historical Los Angeles. They did a wonderful rendition. I bought the mini trying to be cheap and it turned out to be a wallet size version. I went ahead and paid the $60 plus bucks for my table version. Outstanding. What a great investment.
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Fellow Angelenos: Must Own!
Reviewed in the United States on July 10, 2021
This coffee table book is so much more than a coffee table book. It is a comprehensive and broad-spectrum visual and written evaluation of the city of Los Angeles and surrounding cities. Wonderful pictures, great information, a real pleasure to peruse and a learning... See more
This coffee table book is so much more than a coffee table book. It is a comprehensive and broad-spectrum visual and written evaluation of the city of Los Angeles and surrounding cities. Wonderful pictures, great information, a real pleasure to peruse and a learning experience as well. I have purchased three for family members and have asked for one for my birthday coming up soon.
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Rachel Walton
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Must buy!
Reviewed in the United States on November 16, 2019
Gorgeous book. Great gift. Looks so good sitting out but also interesting to actually read and look at. LOVE!!
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Will take you back to another era.
Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2017
Such a great book! Interesting look back in time.
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Jodi206
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Great book for anyone from LA
Reviewed in the United States on July 24, 2020
Love this book, makes a homesick girl feel connected and it’s a great gift for anyone who in from LA great pictures and stories
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A. Parker
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Buy the big version
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 3, 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...See more
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.
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Robin
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Sun and neon
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 13, 2009
At last, the city at the end of the rainbow gets the Taschen treatment: a large, chunky, 570 page, visual history. This is more than just an ordinary picture book though, because so many of the photos, after the Thirties, have been taken by named photographers (there are...See more
At last, the city at the end of the rainbow gets the Taschen treatment: a large, chunky, 570 page, visual history. This is more than just an ordinary picture book though, because so many of the photos, after the Thirties, have been taken by named photographers (there are biographies of thirty-nine of them at the back of the book) and it''s the mixing of their work and anonymous photos that I thought gave the book a special feel. Another interesting theme reflects the creativity of the city with the use of quotes from well-known historical books and movies that appear throughout the pages, nicely with a graphic of the jacket or poster. Having looked through the pages it does seem amazingly comprehensive. The seven chapters run from 1862 to the last photo in 2005. Each starts with a several hundred word overview followed by a spread with a period map then by captioned photos. Cultural, political and sports personalities, architecture (including street scenes plus industry) and historic news photos are the dominant themes and I thought the selection was rather impressive, there doesn''t seem to be any image that would make me say "Just why is that one included". What I really love about the book is its big page size. Pin-sharp photos from before 1940 are frequently run over a spread and look terrific as do news photos from later decades (all printed with a 175 screen). Tying in with the historical book and movie links throughout the book the back pages carry a recommended list of viewing, listening and reading material that sum up this intriguing city. A slightly similar photo book of Los Angeles but with images selected from the last few decades which might be worth checking out is Looking at Los Angeles, with many of the same well-known photographers as Jim Heimann''s book.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 27, 2018
A huge coffee table picture book which most superbly details the rich and intricate history of one of the most incredible city’s on Earth. Personally I love Los Angeles and every time I pick up this book it just reminds me why. Well worth the £45 price tag
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David Lord
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... Angeles for over 30 years I thought I knew pretty much about the city
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 6, 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...See more
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.
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Great book - fabulous pictures
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 30, 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...See more
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.
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