Thursday, July 07, 2011

Visiting Wilshire Boulevard, Circa 1978

For big fans of Wilshire Boulevard, like yours truly, this sounds like a fun, fascinating event: the Los Angeles Public Library will present "The Wilshire Slides, 1978-79," this Saturday at the Central Library's Taper Auditorium.

Curated by Annie Laskey, as well as Franklin Avenue friends Shannon Simonds and Eric Lynxwiler, the free event will take advantage of more than 1,000 color slides that Laskey and her mom took in the late 1970s while walking down Wilshire.

Here are the details:

It was a heck of an after-school project for a mother and daughter: do an informal photo survey of Wilshire Boulevard from downtown to the ocean. Mother Marlene was a Michigan native who’d come to L.A. in the late 1950s and loved everything about the city, especially the architecture. Daughter Annie liked the architecture too, and loved using her mom’s Minolta camera. Together, they spent about a dozen Tuesday afternoons in 1978-9 walking Wilshire; Marlene taking notes and Annie taking pictures. The result was over 1,000 Kodachrome slides, documenting L.A.’s iconic street from its great landmarks to its empty lots.

(The slides) gathered dust in the Laskey garage for years. Then Annie learned about LAPL’s photo collection and determined to sort, label, and donate the slides. Enlisting the help of Shannon Simonds and Eric Lynxwiler, friends she’d met through the Los Angeles Conservancy’s tour program, the slides were put in order, indexed, and finally donated to LAPL in 2010.

Cool, right? Saturday's event is part of the Photo Friends of the LAPL's "LA in Focus: Images from the LAPL Photo Collection" lecture series.

Photo Friends of the Los Angeles Public Library Presents: "The Wilshire Slides, 1978–79"
Sat., July 9, 2011 at 2:00 pm
Taper Auditorium, Central Library
Parking available at 524 S. Flower St. Garage (show your LAPL library card at the Central Library’s information desk to receive validation for reduced rates)

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