Photographer’s Eye – Elisa Leonelli’s 1970s Street Photography on June 24th

Ave Pildas. Real Estate, Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, February 1976

Ave Pildas. Real Estate, Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, February 1976

Bring your lunch and join Elisa Leonelli, a Los Angeles-based photo-journalist, who will present B&W photos from the 1970s, in the style of “Street Photography”, inspired by French photographer Henri Cartier Bresson, taken in Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans, and her native Italy.

Elisa. self-portrait. August 1976

Elisa. self-portrait. August 1976

Leonelli’s work was featured in the California Living, Sunday supplement of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner newspaper, and she worked on assignment for US publications (Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Westways, Time, etc) and foreign magazines (Epoca, Espresso, Europeo, Grazia, Panorama, Vogue, Zoom, etc).  During her career, she specialized in travel photography, and photographed and interviewed actors, writers, and musicians.
Sponsored by Photo Friends. Presented by the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection.
Full details can be found on the LAPL website.

The Valley Times Featured in the Los Angeles Times

We were thrilled today to see the Throttle Queens featured on the front page of the Los Angeles Times for a full blown story on the Valley Times Collection! Reporter Hailey Branson-Potts spent a lot of time with LAPL photo staff and came to love these photos just as much as we do and we appreciate her enthusiasm for the collection.

After reading the article, take a look at the 11,000 plus photos from the Valley Times that are available on the Los Angeles Public Library website!

L.A. in Focus: Gary Leonard and the Los Angeles Music Scene

L.A. in Focus
Gary Leonard and the Los Angeles Music Scene
Saturday, March 14th, 2 p.m

Central Library, Taper Auditorium









Flesh Eaters backstage at the Whisky, April 21, 1981 and at the Echo, January 10, 2015. Photos by Gary Leonard.



For over thirty years, photographer Gary Leonard has been telling the story of Los Angeles through his images. One piece of that story included the music scene of the 1970s and 80s where Gary witnessed firsthand many of the bands who would come to define the era and place Los Angeles at the epicenter of the music industry. Join us as Gary talks about some of his favorite music photos, many of which are featured in his book Make the Music Go Bang! : the Early L.A. Punk Scene and in the current exhibit From Pop to the Pit: LAPL Photo Collection Celebrates the Los Angeles Music Scene, 1978-1989,  and as revisits some of those musical subjects in recent photos.

Additional details available at the LAPL website.

This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibit From Pop to the Pit: LAPL Photo Collection Celebrates the Los Angeles Music Scene, 1978-1989on display at Central Library through June 2015.

Turn Up the Radio!

Turn Up the Radio!
Harvey Kubernik Discusses the L.A. Music Scene, 1956-1972
Sunday, September 14, 2 p.m.
Mark Taper Auditorium, L.A. Central Library
630 W. Fifth St., Los Angeles CA 90071

Longtime music journalist and L.A. native Harvey Kubernik will share his experiences in the zeitgeist of the Los Angeles rock and pop music world between 1956 and 1972.

You’ll see rare and previously unpublished photographs of iconic bands and musicians, including the Doors, the Rolling Stones, Ike and Tina Turner, Elvis Presley, Thee Midniters, Barry White, Sonny and Cher, and many others.

Recording artists are only one part of the rich history of music in Los Angeles. You’ll also learn about the studio musicians, background vocalists, songwriters, producers, and engineers who helped propel the Los Angeles rock and pop music scene to such a legendary status. Bones Howe, Barney Kessel, Hal Blaine, B. J. Baker, Merry Clayton, Jack Nitzsche, Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Jim Keltner, Bobby Womack, Kim Fowley, Bruce Botnick, Dave Gold, and Stan Ross are just a few of the names recognized for their crucial contributions to the music created and produced in the recording studios of Los Angeles.

Harvey has been an active music journalist for over 40 years and the author of five books, including Turn Up the Radio!

The presentation will be followed by a book sale and signing.

Reservations not required. Doors open approximately 15 minutes before the start of the program.

Parking is available at the 524 S. Flower Street Garage. Show your LAPL library card at the Central Library information desk for validation for reduced rates.

To arrange for accessibility accommodation, please contact Christina Rice within 72 hours of the event at (213) 228-7403.

Presented by Photo Friends. Sponsored by the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection.