LA Observed on KCRW tonight: Ansel Adams photos

ansel-ocean-park-pier.jpgMy chat tonight with Lisa Napoli is on the background of the Ansel Adams photographs of the Los Angeles area shot in 1940, on assignment for Fortune magazine. He centered in on the aircraft plants in Burbank and Santa Monica (great time-capsule shots of Hollywood Way and Ocean Park Boulevard), took a lot of Wilshire Boulevard street scenes, and also captured bowling culture at the Burbank Bowl on San Fernando Road and the Sunset Bowling Center in what is now the KTLA studios in Hollywood. Adams found the negatives in his files years later and donated them to the Los Angeles Public Library before he died in 1984. They go on display as prints, I think for the first time ever, starting Saturday at the drkrm gallery on Spring Street downtown.

Our conversation airs on KCRW at 6:44 p.m., my usual Monday time slot. It also will be on the KCRW website to listen to or download.

This image looks north up the beach from the now-gone Ocean Park Pier in Santa Monica. Click to view it larger. In January I posted thumbs of some others, including the only picture I've ever seen of the Court Street railway that connected Bunker Hill with Hill Street, a couple of blocks north of downtown's surviving Bunker Hill railway, Angel's Flight.

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