Photo: “The Pup.” Notice that it served French dip sandwiches! Credit: Los Angeles Public Library.
I stopped by the reception for the Ansel Adams show at drkrm, 727 S. Spring St., on Wednesday night to see the photos of Los Angeles as it looked in the 1940s. Unfortunately, I was on my dinner break, so I only had a chance to glance at them briefly and the show is definitely worth more time so I will be back.
The photos are Adams in his documentary mode and are not like the bravura images of Half Dome for which he is famous. The pictures document workers leaving the Lockheed plant and people’s daily lives in a trailer park.
There is a photo of the famous oil well in the middle of La Cienega Boulevard between Beverly Boulevard and 3rd Street, also documented by Charles Owens and Joe Seewerker in “Nuestro Pueblo.” Adams also photographed another vanished landmark, Court Flight, a funicular like Angels Flight, near the old Hall of Records.
The show is on display through March 17. Wednesday’s opening was hosted by Photo Friends of the Los Angeles Public Library, which is sponsoring monthly lectures:
- March 10, Kevin Roderick, images of the Valley, 2 p.m. Taper Auditorium.
- April 18, Ted Soqui and Glynn Martin, Los Angeles Riots, 12:15 p.m., Meeting Room A.
- May 12, Stefano Bloch, “Painting, Bombing and Buffing L.A.’s Freeway Walls,” 2 p.m., Taper Auditorium.
- June 9, David Davis, 1932 and 1984 Olympics, 2 p.m., Taper Auditorium.
- June 13, Bob Seidemann, “The Airplane as Art,” 12:15 p.m., Meeting Room A.
- Aug. 15, Kevin Knight, 12:15, Meeting Room A.
- Sept. 15, John Bengtson, silent movie locations, 2 p.m. Taper Auditorium.
- Oct. 17, Sara Jan Boyers, 12:15 p.m., Meeting Room A.