The Rare Books Room holds some images from our larger Photo collection which are considered unique or rare:
Ansel Adams Fortune Magazine Images
A series of 135 contact prints and 217 negatives of the greater Los Angeles area, taken by Ansel Adams for the March 1941 issue of Fortune Magazine. The images were personally donated to LAPL by Adams in the 1960s. All images are available on the Library's Photo Database.
Edward Weston WPA Images
A series of nine 8x10 matted black and white prints of of objects and landscapes in Central California. The photos were part of the Public Works of Art Project and given to LAPL on June 21, 1934. An additional five 8x10 prints come from the Library's extensive Works Progress Administration (WPA) collection.
Paul Slaughter 1984 Summer Olympics Images
A series of 36 over-sized color prints documenting the XXIII Olympiad, held in Los Angeles in the Summer of 1984. Paul Slaughter was the Chief Photographer for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee. His photos appeared in the Official Final Report of the XXIII Olympiad, and were exhibited at City Hall in September 1985.
For see Photo Collection Overview for more information about our extensive Photo collection.