Herman Schultheis and Los Angeles in the 1930s
Edited by Christina Rice
This is the super-exciting first-ever publication from Photo Friends of the Los Angeles Public Library. The Friends is a support group of the Central Library's Photo Collection. Our mission is to promote the collection (which we do through a series of free talks) and to raise money to add to the online photo archive.
We present The Photographer's Eye--a series in which photographers present and talk about their work, and LA in Focus--a series drawn from the photo collection on topics ranging from LA crime to sports to entertainment.
And now, we have started a book publishing enterprise, with all proceeds benefiting Photo Friends' programs. This softcover book features over 130 images taken by Herman Schultheis in the 1930s. Herman was a Disney animation engineer who spent much of his spare time documenting everyday 1930s Los Angeles. He disappeared in the jungles of Guatemala in 1955; his photos were undiscovered until his wife's death in 1990, when these images came to the attention the library. Now, over 4,000 of his images have been digitized and are available through the library's website (photos.lapl.org). A tasty sampling of these images are now available in this book through amazon.com.
Photo Friends is already planning more publications--on the Valley Times collection, Herald Examiner collection, and the work of several individual photographers whose archives are part of the LAPL photo collection.