Vintage Photos of Los Angeles

As if most images of LA weren’t weird enough, now there’s a whole new crop of pictures that shed light on a gritty Los Angeles — in glorious black and white. They’re rare, archival snapshots of a (mostly) mid-century LA, documenting an era, landscape, and zeitgeist that no longer exist.In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945–1980 is the last Pacific Standard Time exhibition to open at the Getty Center. It’s part of the museum’s ongoing series that highlights photographs from the Getty’s permanent collection. The show features both famous and never-before-seen photos by notable artists, from Robert Heinecken and Jo Ann Callis to Man Ray, Edmund Teske, and Garry Winogrand. According to the Getty, “Images are loosely grouped around the themes of experimentation, street photography, architectural depictions, and the film and entertainment industries.” If you’re in LA, check out In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945–1980 before it fades out May 6. Not in the City of Angels? Don’t worry — we’ve got some pictures for you below.


Los Angeles, 1964, Gary Winogrand. Gelatin silver print. 9 x 13 7/16 in. ©1984 The Estate of Gary Winogrand


Plaster and Roofing, Lakewood, California, 1950, William A. Garnett. Gelatin silver print. 7 11/16 x 9 9/16 in. ©Estate of William A. Garnett


Los Angeles #3, 1971, Anthony Hernandez. Gelatin silver print. 7 3/4 x 11 13/16 in. ©Anthony Hernandez


Backyard, Diamond Bar, California, 1980, Joe Deal. Gelatin silver print. 11 3/16 x 11 1/4 in. ©Joe Deal


Film Can Library, Universal Studios, 1978, Anthony Friedkin. Gelatin silver print. 12 x 17 11/16 in. ©Anthony Friedkin


Juliet in Mud Mask, 1945, Man Ray. Gelatin silver print. 14 x 10 11/16 in. ©Man Ray Trust ARS-ADAGP


Los Angeles, 1971, Henry Wessel Jr. Gelatin silver on Dupont Veragam paper print. ©Henry Wessel


Constructing a Saw Horse, 1972, William Wegman. Gelatin silver print. 13 1/2 x 10 3/4 in. ©William Wegman


Morphe #6, 1974, Jo Ann Callis. Gelatin silver print. 6 x 8 15/16 in. ©Jo Ann Callis

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