Give the Gift of Los Angeles

Looking for the perfect gift for the Los Angeles history fan in your life? Photo Friends has you covered!

Here’s a snapshot of the eight books we’ve published, all highlighting images from the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection! All are available for purchase on Amazon or at the Library Store and proceeds benefit Photo Friends and the Photo Collection.

Service Society and Social Change, by Christine Adolph

The post-War San Fernando Valley was the quintessential American suburb. With the availability of affordable housing and jobs from the thriving aerospace, aircraft, and manufacturing industries, the Valley’s population boomed. The promise of prosperity inspired new opportunities for leisure time, family life and civic engagement. Membership in social and service clubs soared. Whether people united through shared identities or shared interests in hobbies, civics or philanthropy, the prevalence of club life defined the Valley’s growing community. The Valley Times newspaper, published from 1946 to 1970, documented the changes to the Valley’s physical landscape through suburban development, but also revealed how social networks impacted society. This latest entry from Photo Friends Publications accompanies the exhibit “Service, Society and Social Change: Post- War Clubs from the Valley Times Newspaper” (July 7, 2016 – January 15, 2017) and presents a sampling of images from the Valley Times photo archive, now held at the Los Angeles Public Library. Through the lens of the Valley Times photographers, we are presented with a unique visual history of the ways people connect to build a community.

One Golden Moment: The 1984 Olympics Through the Photographic Lens of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner – by David Davis 

In the late 1970s, the Olympic Movement was in deep trouble. When the International Olympic Committee called for candidates to host the 1984 Summer Olympics, only two cities expressed interest: Tehran and Los Angeles. And, after Tehran dropped out of the bidding process, L.A. was left to carry the flickering Olympic torch. Naysayers predicted disaster: the traffic would be snarled and the smog suffocating; the Games would bankrupt the city of L.A. and terrorists would harm innocent people. But L.A. proved everyone wrong. The weather cooperated, and the traffic was smooth sailing. An ambitious Arts Festival drew appreciative crowds, and pin trading became an unofficial Olympic event. And, who could not be thrilled by the record-setting performances of Carl Lewis, Evelyn Ashford, Edwin Moses, Joan Benoit, Daley Thompson, Mary Lou Retton, Greg Louganis, and Cheryl Miller? This book chronicles the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics through the extraordinary photographs taken by the staff at the Herald Examiner newspaper, a collection now held at the Los Angeles Central Library: from the preparations before the Games to the Opening Ceremony to the wondrous athletic performances to the Closing Ceremony. The 1984 Olympics were a golden moment in these photographers’ careers as well as for the city of Los Angeles.

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Firsts, Seconds and Thirds: African American Leaders in Los Angeles from the 1960s and ’70s from the Rolland J. Curtis Collection – by Kristine Protacio

Civil Rights took shape in 1960s Los Angeles as African Americans broke color barriers and began to occupy positions in government. Progress during this time extended past politics, to the realm of entertainment, commerce, public service and activism. It is in the midst of this exciting time that Rolland J. Curtis (right) took thousands of photographs while serving as a Field Deputy for Council Members Billy Mills and Tom Bradley. Curtis’ images provide a unique view of the African American experience in South Los Angeles during this time. This book presents a sampling of Curtis’ photographic archive, now housed at the Los Angeles Public Library, as well as a glimpse at some of the city’s black leaders of the period. Some famous, some forgotten, these individuals were true trailblazers: the first, second, or third African Americans in the history of Los Angeles to accomplish their feats.

From Pop to the Pit: LAPL Photo Collection Celebrates the Los Angeles Music Scene, 1978-1989 – by Wendy Horowitz

Los Angeles has always enjoyed a tremendous amount of diversity, both culturally and geographically. In the 1980s, these varied ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds combined with the environmental influences of the beach, suburbs, or inner-city created an astoundingly unique and memorable period for popular music with L.A. at the epicenter. Culled from the Los Angeles Public Library’s Herald Examiner photo archive and the Gary Leonard Collection, LAPL and Photo Friends present a glimpse into a decade that produced scores of hit singles, showcased strikingly diverse genres and generated tremendous excitement. The exhibit From Pop to the Pit: LAPL Photo Collection Celebrates the Los Angeles Music Scene, 1978-1989 and companion catalog relive an extraordinary time in music history with rarely seen images of the bands that helped define the era.

Bunker Hill in the Rearview Mirror: The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of an Urban Neighborhood – Edited by Christina Rice 

During its history, the area of Downtown Los Angeles known as Bunker Hill has been viewed in many different ways; inaccessible, upscale, run-down, blighted, erased, renewed. These perceptions over the decades have always been open to interpretation and either agreed with or challenged. An area that has been subject to more change than any other place in the city, it has arguably invoked more passion and reverence than any other Los Angeles neighborhood, while inspiring equal amounts of disdain.

Bunker Hill in the Rear-View Mirror: The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of an Urban Neighborhood, an exhibit at the Los Angeles Public Library’s Central Library on display from April 2015 – April 2016, uses photographs, news articles, recollections and unique ephemera from LAPL Special Collections to illustrate the complex story of Bunker Hill, from its heyday in the 1880’s to its redevelopment in the 1960’s and 70’s. Curated by librarians Christina Rice, Photo Collection, and Emma Roberts, Art & Music/Rare Books, the exhibit is enhanced by this companion catalog with contributing essays by Adrian Scott Fine, Nathan Marsak, Merry Ovnick, Meredith Drake Reitan, and Donald R. Spivack.

The First with the Latest!: Aggie Underwood, the Los Angeles Herald, and the Sordid Crimes of a City – by Joan Renner 

Agness “Aggie” Underwood never intended to become a reporter—all she really wanted was a pair of silk stockings. When her husband told her they couldn’t afford them, she threatened to get a job and buy them herself. Those silk stockings launched a career that started with Aggie at the switchboard of the Los Angeles Record newspaper in 1926, and ended more than four decades later when she retired as City Editor of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. As a reporter for the Los Angeles Evening Herald and Express (later, Herald Examiner), Aggie not only reported on crimes throughout the city, but sometimes helped solve them. Using quick wit and intuition, Aggie helped her newspaper live up to its motto “The First with the Latest.” Through the Los Angeles Herald Examiner’s photo archive, now held by the Los Angeles Public Library, the cases Aggie covered are more than just faded headlines, but come to life in light and shadow. This catalog of nearly 100 images, which compliments an exhibit at the Los Angeles Public Library’s Central Library gives a brief overview of Agness Underwood and some of the cases she covered.

Defining Their Identity: The Changing Roles of Women in the Post-War Era as Documented by the Valley Times Newspaper – by Christina Rice

The popular view of women in the years following World War II has come to be of homemakers like television’s Donna Reed and June Cleaver who maintained picture perfect households in suburban settings. In many cases this was indeed the primary role assumed by women of the era, but it wasn’t the only one. Women pursued advanced degrees, became professionals, held office, excelled in sports, fought for equal rights, and became civically involved, and often while running those households. The San Fernando Valley has come to exemplify the post-War suburban growth that took place throughout the country and the Valley Times newspaper was there to document this expansion along with the Valley’s dynamic women in their various roles. Now, the exhibit and companion catalog, Defining Their Identity: The Changing Roles of Women in the Post-War Era, explores the changing roles of women through the lens of the Los Angeles Public Library’s Valley Times’ image archive.

How We Worked, How We Played: Herman Schultheis and Los Angeles in the 1930s – by Christina Rice

Herman Schultheis may have been an engineer by trade, but was a photographer at heart who never seemed to go anywhere without his camera. After relocating to Los Angeles from the East Coast in 1937, Herman and his wife Ethel explored their newly adopted home, far and wide. By the end of the decade, he had snapped well over 5,000 photos. How We Worked, How We Played: Herman Schultheis and Los Angeles in the 1930s, presents a small sampling of this amazing collection which was donated to the Los Angeles Public Library following Ethel’s death in the early 1990s. The images present an overview of a rapidly expanding city in the midst of the Great Depression and on the verge of World War II, along with the simple story of two people in love with each other–and Los Angeles.

Spend this Saturday with Photo Friends and the LAPL Photo Collection!

This Saturday (December 10th) is all about the LAPL Photo Collection and Photo Friends.

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At 2pm the Photo Collection is teaming up with the UCLA Film & Television Archive for a special presentation. Before Huell Howser, Jack Linkletter sought out the human interest side of Los Angeles through his short-lived television program On the Go.  Join us as Dan Einstein and Mark Quigley of UCLA Film & Television Archive will present an overview of the Archive as a research resource as well as screen clips from recently preserved episodes of the locally-produced, On The Go (KNXT, 1959–60), featuring Vincent Price with William Castle, Hollywood Studio Club and Marineland. Footage courtesy of City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

Full details are available on the LAPL website.

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In the evening, have fun while knocking out some holiday shopping as Photo Friends presents its first ever rummage sale! We’ll have lots of old exhibit prints available at dirt cheap prices. Perfect for the Los Angeles history buff in your life.

FUTURE STUDIO GALLERY
5558 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles 90042
Sat. Dec. 10, 2016 (7-10pm)
Also open Sun. Dec. 11 (2-5pm)
Sat. Dec. 17 (2-6pm)
Sun. Dec. 18 (2-5pm)
and by appointment 323-254-4565
futurestudio@sbcglobal.net

Photographer’s Eye: “Seeing” Downtown with David K. Thompson

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
12:15pm to 1:00pm
Central Library, Meeting Room A

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

“In a series of photographs inspired by the Japanese woodblock printer Hiroshige, local photographer and silkscreen artist David Thompson takes a fresh look at the urban environment of downtown Los Angeles.  As much of the downtown skyline changes, and with it the nature of life of the city, Mr. Thompson focuses on specific ways of truly “looking” at the city’s built environment and architectural legacy.  He explores the value of elevation, projection and compression as conscious ways of seeing the city the lies before us.  He also takes a closer look at downtown streetscapes, the role of “text” in the life of the city and even that most notorious eyesore of urban life:  the parking lot.”

“David K. Thompson was born in New York and raised in Florida, Japan, Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia and Puerto Rico  He has worked — as an editor, diplomat and transactional lawyer — in New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Paris and Los Angeles.  But the longest constant in his working life has been a dedication to silkscreen printing, based, for the most part, on his own photography.  His most recent artwork focuses on city streetscapes, architecture and infrastructure, with a heavy emphasis on Los Angeles.  Based in Pasadena, he actively explores virtually every corner of Los Angeles with his camera.  He has also begun to treat his urban photographic work as an end in itself, often combining it with historic and architectural commentary, drawing in particular on the rich heritage of contemporary newspaper accounts — including especially advertisements — of the city and its occupations.

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

Additional details available on the LAPL website.

Feed Your Olympic Fever with Photo Friends

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From L-R: Jim Ruebsamen (former Herald Examiner photographer), Javier Mendoza (also Herald-Ex), writer and Photo Friend David Davis, LAPL Senior Librarian Christina Rice, Dean Musgrove (also Herald Ex), and Olympic gold medalist Paul Gonzales.  (Photo by former Herald Examiner photographer Jim Ober)

Thanks to everyone who came out this past Wednesday for our Photographer’s Eye program with author and PF Board Member David Davis. David treated the crowd to a selection of 1984 Olympics images from the Los Angeles Public Library’s Herald Examiner Collection. We were delighted to have four former Herald Examiner photographers in attendance along with Olympic Gold medalist Paul Gonzales!

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For those of you who cannot get enough of the Summer Games, be sure to check out Photo Friends Publications latest offering, One Golden Moment: The 1984 Olympics Through the Photographic Lens of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. Written and compiled by David Davis, with a foreward by Paul Gonzales, the book may be purchased through Amazon or at the Library Store who have copies signed by Davis and Gonzales available. Proceeds benefit Photo Friends.

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 Next week, our friends over at the LA84 Foundation will be hosting a book signing with Olympic champion swimmer Shirley Babashoff who is the author of the recently published Making Waves: My Journey to Winning Olympic Gold and Defeating the East German Doping Program (Santa Monica Press). Details about the event are here.

Don’t forget to visit the online Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection to view hundreds of images relating to the 1932 & 1984 Olympic Games!

“Service, Society and Social Change: Post- War Clubs from the Valley Times Newspaper” Opening Reception and Fashion Show

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Thursday, July 07, 2016

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Central Library
History/Genealogy Dept. – LL4

Join us for food, fashion, and FUN as we celebrate the opening of our latest exhibit “Service, Society and Social Change: Post- War Clubs from the Valley Times Newspaper” with a reception and fashion show!

The post-War San Fernando Valley was the quintessential American suburb. With the availability of affordable housing and jobs from the thriving aerospace, aircraft, and manufacturing industries, the Valley’s population boomed. The promise of prosperity inspired new opportunities for leisure time, family life and civic engagement. Membership in social and service clubs soared. Whether people united through shared identities or shared interests in hobbies, civics or philanthropy, the prevalence of club life defined the Valley’s growing community. The Valley Times newspaper, published from 1946 to 1970, documented the changes to the Valley’s physical landscape through suburban development, but also revealed how social networks impacted society. This sampling of images from the Valley Times photo archive, now held at the Los Angeles Public Library, presents us with a unique visual history of the ways people connect to build a community.

Copies of an exhibition catalog will be available for purchase with proceeds going to Photo Friends, who support the Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection.

Special thanks to Pinup Girl Boutique, Photo Friends, and Besame Cosmetics, our reception sponsors.

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Full details on the Los Angeles Public Library website. 

First Photographer’s Eye This Wednesday 2/24

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Photographer’s Eye: The Forrest Gump of LSD: The Visionary Imagery of Roger Steffens and The Family Acid

Wednesday, February 24th, 12:15pm
Central Library, Meeting Room A

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

Published in 2015, The Family Acid represents a collection of Counter Culture photographs, particularly from California in the ‘70s, made by Roger Steffens, a ten year veteran of KCRW. His archives contain a third of a million slides, prints and digital images.

As an actor, author, archivist, broadcaster and lecturer, Steffens toured the world and was never without his camera. His first book of photos, released at 72 in February of 2015, has already sold out and has received rapturous reviews comparing him to Forrest Gump, Zelig, Hunter S. Thompson and Timothy Leary.

The BBC-TV World News declared that Steffens has had “one of the most captivating lives in American history.” He will tell the stories behind some of his most reproduced images and preview his latest psychedelic series, “Dancing with Light.”

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

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

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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.

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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, thumb 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

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Gary Leonard and the Los Angeles Music Scene
Saturday, view March 14th, 2 p.m

Central Library, Taper Auditorium

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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.