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Ansel Adams and Los Angeles

Most people associate Ansel Adams with the landscape of the American West, but it turns out he spent some time in the city.  The drkrm gallery is presenting Ansel Adams Los Angeles, a series of photos that reveal a prewar vision of the city. Adams shot these photos on assignment for FORTUNE Magazine in 1940, and they have been sitting in the archives of the Los Angeles Public Library for the past 50 years.

Ansel Adams photo of trains in Los Angeles

Court Flight cable railway, c. 1940

Adams took more than 200 photos for the assignment, but only a few were included with the published story. Some 20 years later, he found the photographs among his papers and donated them to the library. “The weather was bad over a rather long period and none of the pictures were very good,” he wrote in a letter. “I would imagine that they represent about $100.00 minimum value… At any event, I do not want them back.”  If you’re lucky enough to be in the LA area, you can judge the value of the photos yourself. The photos will be on display from February 18 through March 17.

Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Public Library.

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