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Free tom: Ansel Adams photographs at DKRM gallery

Posted by Carren Jao Pineda |

I have lately gained even more respect for photographers than I previously had. I wonder at their ability to distill a moment perfectly. They blend in with the background so well that people forget they're there and let their guards down.

This Saturday, drkrm gallery on Spring Street will open an exhibition of Ansel Adams' black and white photographs of Los Angeles. Donated to the public library, Ansel Adams pegged the value of his shots at $100. Of course, they'd probably be worth more now. 

The photographs are not the usual Adams nature shots. Instead, they're filled with cityscapes and portraits of people bustling about. They also a Los Angeles of another time, when the roads seemed quite open and oil derricks still towered over the coast. Here are three shots from the Los Angeles Public Library archives that caught my eye: 

That's the Ocean Park pier in Santa Monica. Now, the area boasts of a wonderland complete with a Ferris wheel and other colorful attractions. 

Can you imagine that once upon a time these oil derricks used to dot Los Angeles? 

Kudos to Adams for getting this intimate shot of Cole and Dorothy Weston. According to the KCET post, Cole was taking a break from his theater career to pitch in the wartime efforts as a rivetter at the Lockheed plant in Burbank. 

Find Ansel Adams' photographs at the drkrm gallery starting this Saturday until March 17. If you can't make it, check out the archive online at LAPL

February 18 to March 17

drkrm Gallery
727 S. Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA

Wed to Sat, 12-6 pm
Sun 12-4 pm and by appointment


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