Agatha French

Hedy Lamarr signs an autograph book at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, 1940. Photo from The Autograph Book of L.A.: Improvements on the Page of the City.

Starring Los Angeles as Itself

Three new books bridge the city’s cultural past and present.

Richie Silverman, extreme tanner, West Hollywood, California, January 1979. The photograph is from Roger Steffens’s The Family Acid: California, which looks back at the Golden State from 1968 to 2015.

Roger Steffens’s Nonstop Set of Visual Stimulations

The Family Acid: California bears witness to a long, strange trip.

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