These Classic Photos Capture the Feel of Vintage L.A.

The upcoming art fair Classic Photographs Los Angeles includes some choice snaps of the L.A. of yore

Get ready for a feast for the eyes. Classic Photographs Los Angeles is coming back to town, bringing over 30 art gallery exhibitors to show off their fine art photography, with a particular emphasis on archive images. With the recent demise of Paris Photo L.A. and other big art fairs, Classic Photographs Los Angeles is actually the only all-photography fair scheduled to happen in the city this year.

While the mix of photos on display will be diverse, we noticed a particular trend among some of the advance images provided by exhibitors: There were some great vintage photographs of Los Angeles. And since we love glimpses of what the city and its environs looked like in yesteryear, we’re sharing a few of those with you here.

Paul Outerbridge, “Self Portrait, Santa Monica, California,” 1955

Courtesy of Curatorial Assistance / Classic Photographs Los Angeles

Roger Minick, “Flying Wing Station, Beverly Hills,” 1975

Courtesy of Joseph Bellows Gallery / Classic Photographs Los Angeles

Paul Outerbridge, “Woman with Turquoise Dress, Laguna Beach, California,” 1952

Courtesy of Curatorial Assistance / Classic Photographs Los Angeles

Bevan Davies, “Untitled, Los Angeles,” 1976

Courtesy of Nazraeli Press / Classic Photographs Los Angeles

John Humble, “600 Shields Drive, San Pedro,” September 18, 1992

Courtesy of Etherton Gallery / Classic Photographs Los Angeles

Marcia Resnick, “See #12,” 1974

Courtesy of Deborah Bell Photographs / Classic Photographs Los Angeles

Classic Photographs Los Angeles, Bergamot Station, Building G, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica; Fri.-Sun., Feb. 2-4. 

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