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Looking for Los Angeles: Architecture, Film, Photography, and the Urban Landscape

  • Edited by Charles G. Salas and Michael S. Roth

    Often referred to as the city of the future, Los Angeles is known for its sprawl, its constant change, and its special relationship to the film industry. The twelve contributors to Looking for Los Angeles focus on dramatic shifts in the urban landscape, important moments in the city's architectural history, and the role of the image in this mecca of image makers.

    Dutch writer Cees Nooteboom searches for Los Angeles's center and finds a city that breaks itself down, builds itself up again, displaces and regroups itself, and where freedom of movement is a basic premise of life. Historian Philip J. Ethington documents the city's changing character in both text and images; urban studies professor Dana Cuff exposes the demise of once-thriving urban neighborhoods to make way for Modernist housing projects; and anthropologist Susan A. Phillips invites us on a personal journey into the projects to meet gang members and their families today. Artist Robbert Flick offers a sixteen-page, full-color photo-essay that takes us on a drive-by along Alameda Avenue; architectural historian Thomas S. Hines traces Frank Lloyd Wright's influence on the life and career of photographer Edmund Teske; and film historian Robert L. Carringer examines Los Angeles as a setting for Hollywood feature films.

    Charles G. Salas is head of the Research and Education Department at the Getty Research Institute. Michael S. Roth is president of the California College of Arts and Crafts. Roth and Salas are also coeditors of Disturbing Remains: Memory, History, and Crisis in the Twentieth Century.

    "Looking for Los Angeles is a thoughtful and often graceful demonstration of why we're in a second golden age of writing about Los Angeles. This book is part of the new collective structure of our understanding of the city…"
    —Los Angeles Times Book Review

    "The views offered are by a diversity of contributors, from an impressionistic travel writer to politically correct planners to movie historians, loosely edited by Charles Salas and Michael Roth. The result is kaleidoscopic."
    —KCRW, City Observed

    320 pages
    7 x 10 inches
    24 color and 106 b/w illustrations
    ISBN 978-0-89236-616-3

    Getty Publications
    Imprint: Getty Research Institute
    Series: Issues & Debates


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