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Vintage Photos of Los Angeles

Posted: 01/05/12 01:29 PM ET

As if most images of L.A. weren't weird enough, now there's a whole new crop of pictures that shed light on a gritty Los Angeles -- in glorious black and white. They're rare, archival snapshots of a (mostly) mid-century L.A., documenting an era, landscape, and zeitgeist that no longer exist.

In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945-1980 is the last Pacific Standard Time exhibition to open at the Getty Center. It's part of the museum's ongoing series that highlights photographs from the Getty's permanent collection. The show features both famous and never-before-seen photos by notable artists, from Man Ray and Jo Ann Callis to Edmund Teske, Robert Heinecken, and Garry Winogrand. According to the Getty, "Images are loosely grouped around the themes of experimentation, street photography, architectural depictions, and the film and entertainment industries." If you're in L.A., check out In Focus: Los Angeles, 1945-1980 before it fades out May 6, and see more on Pop Curious.

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Gary Winogrand. Gelatin silver print. 9 x 13 7/16 in. © 1984 Estate of Gary Winogrand
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