December 2011

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The Los Angeles Public Library has two upcoming events at the Central Branch in downtown that may be of interest to our members.

Los Angeles Through the Lens of Carleton Watkins

Saturday, December 10, 2:00-3:00pm

From the LAPL website: “Presented by Photo Friends. Preeminent 19th century landscape photographer, Carleton E. Watkins (1829-1916) came to Southern California on two occasions: once in 1877 and again in 1880. These trips enabled Watkins to produce some of the earliest and most resonant images of Los Angeles ever made. In celebration of the publication of Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs, a book that was thirty years in the making, author Weston Naef and contributor Jennifer Watts will discuss Watkins’s working method and his imagery in an illustrated presentation. Free and open to the public.”


As the City Grew: Historical Maps of Los Angeles (ongoing exhibit)

November 8, 2011 – November 4, 2012

From the LAPL website: “The 34 historical maps in the exhibition are from the Los Angeles Public Library’s 100-year-old map collection, which contains more than 100,000 items and represents local, national and international cartography. It is one of the largest collections owned by a public library in the U.S. and is noted for materials relating to Los Angeles and the West including historical topographical maps, road maps, street guides, and fire insurance atlases.”