William Reagh: A Long Walk Downtown, Photographs of Los Angeles & Southern California, 1936-1991


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This special collection of photographs by the Los Angeles documentary photographer William Reagh examines and showcases his work from the mid-to late twentieth century. The 130 photographs, selected by Patrick Reagh and Michael Dawson, reflect William Reagh’s perspective on urban renewal and change in Los Angeles during the years in which he worked. There are images of Angels Flight, Bunker Hill, Pershing Square, Broadway, Grand Avenue, Hill Street, Wrigley Field, Chavez Ravine, and people, lots and lots of people. Many of the photographs from earlier decades are juxtaposed with photographs from later decades, taken from the same location and vantage point. In these, it becomes clear how dramatically the city changed over the years, and Reagh’s documentation of that change becomes all the more profound. The Book Club of California is proud to offer this chronicle of a city over time, a gift from a photographer with an endlessly fascinated sensibility, for all who should wish to revisit Los Angeles in the future.

The book design and letterpress printing were done by Patrick Reagh in Sebastopol, California. The text was set in Monotype Janson and foundry Grotesque Number 9. The text of the edition of 350 copies was printed letterpress on Somerset and the photographs were printed in tritone offset on acid-free dull gloss paper. The book is in landscape format, measures 12½ x 9¾ inches, and consists of 140 pages. Included are 130 photographs by William Reagh and twelve photographs by other documentary photographers, reproduced within Michael Dawson’s essay. The price of each book is $225 (plus applicable sales tax and shipping).




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