Ansel Adams Los Angeles
Edgar Varela Fine Arts / DRKRM.gallery @ 727 S. Spring Street, LA 90014
February 18 -March 17, 2012
Opening Reception Saturday, February 18, 2012 7-10pm
In 1939, Ansel Adams was commissioned by Fortune Magazine to photograph a series of images for an article covering the aviation history of the Los Angeles area. For the project, Adams took over 200 black & white photographs showing everyday life, businesses, street scenes and a variety of other subjects, but when the article, City of the Angels, appeared in the March 1941 issue, only a few of the images were included.
In the early 1960s Adams rediscovered the photographs among papers at his home in Carmel and donated the photographs to the Los Angeles Public Library. He wrote in a letter: “The weather was bad over a rather long period and none of the pictures were very good… I would imagine that they represent about $100.00 minimum value… At any event, I do not want them back.”
drkrm, in association with EVFA (Edgar Varela Fine Arts), with the cooperation of the Los Angeles Public Library, present these rarely seen and some never before exhibited photographs that reveal the lost landscape and lifestyle of a prewar Los Angeles.