Taschen Los Angeles, Portrait of a City. Rise and Sprawl: How the City of Angels Came To Be From the first known photograph taken in Los Angeles to its most recent sweeping vistas, this photographic tribute to the City of Angels provides a fascinating journey through the city's cultural, political, industrial, and sociological history. It traces the city's development from the 1880s' real estate boom, through the early days of Hollywood and the urban sprawl of the late 20th century, right up to the present day. With over 500 images, L. A. is shown emerging from a desert wasteland to become a vast palm-studded urban metropolis. Events that made world news including two Olympics, Bobby Kennedy's assassination, and the Rodney King riots reveal a city of many dimensions. The entertainment capital of the world, Hollywood, and its celebrities are showcased along with many other notable residents, personalities, architects, artists, and musicians. The city's pop cultural movements, its music, surfing, health food fads, gangs, and hot rods are included, as are its notorious crimes and criminals. This book depicts Los Angeles in all its glory and grit, via hundreds of freshly discovered images including those of Julius Shulman, Garry Winogrand, William Claxton and many other superb photographers, culled from major historical archives, museums, private collectors, and universities. These are given context and resonance through essays by renowned California historian Kevin Starr and Los Angeles literature expert David L. Ulin. "Now TASCHEN books has published a 500-plus-page extravaganza, 'Los Angeles, Portrait of A City', billed as 'the most comprehensive photographic study of the city to date' and for those who know little or nothing about the city, as well as for the die-hard Angelenos, it's a revelation." Life Magazine, New York. The 571 pages of black-and-white and colour photographs are magical, carrying you from the days when Sunset Boulevard was ploughed by a team of horses to the rising hotels and neon glitz of today. The pictures are like the movies they will become, such as LA Confidential. The Scotsman, Edinburgh. Taschen Los Angeles, Portrait of a City at Coggles. com. Hardcover, 25 x 34 cm (9.8 x 13.4 in. ), 572 pages.