Ansel Adams in Los Angeles

In 1939, Fortune magazine sent Ansel Adams to photograph a city ascendant. At the close of the Great Depression, Los Angeles thrived as a center of aerospace, entertainment and oil. Adams' photos hint at the superhuman sprawl to come. But the images also capture the fringes of the once-open landscape onto which 1.5 million people had poured over the previous 40 years. In the early 1960s, Adams donated 135 prints and 217 negatives from the assignment to the Los Angeles Public Library.

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