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Photo iBook and Website revealing the great hidden treasure of Los Angeles: The amazing homes and people of the West Adams District.

Many people think they know LA, but there is one extraordinary district that seems forgotten to all but a few: West Adams.

Home to the greatest architectural treasure West of the Mississippi of Victorian, Queen Anne, Beaux Arts, Egyptian Revival, Mission and Craftsman homes, the stories of West Adams are just as wild as the houses.  

Which is why I need to do Untold LA.

Untold LA: A lavish, beautiful interactive photo book for the iPad and Web which will document the amazing homes of West Adams and tell the stories, past and present of the people who live here.

Think of it as an interactive Life or National Geographic photo essay including in-depth video interviews with the residents and historians of the area.

[To see some of my photography go to On Set Image]

West Adams, where deed covenants dictated you HAD to spend a fortune if you wanted to build here. The result? You can see for yourself in some of the quick snaps taken as I wandered the neighborhood.

The amount you had to spend to build here wasn't the only covenant though.  Another one?  You couldn't sell or rent to black folk.  That covenant was challenged, the case went to court and the good guys won.  One of the good guys - local resident, and Gone With the Wind star, Hattie McDaniel.

(There were many more stars and notables who have lived in West Adams over the years, watch the video at top to find out more!)

The book will be available on the iBooks store for between $1.99 to $4.99.  But the iPad itself is still a luxury item, so all of the material for Untold LA, all the photos and video, will be available for free to everyone on the web.  Think of what a resource this could be, not only to residents in the area but to artists, architects and designers the world over who will get access to the amazing craftsmanship we have here.

Project Timeline

The project will take two months, this June and July:

  • June: One month for to photograph homes, both exterior and interior, and interview the residents on video, gathering stories of this extraordinary place.
  • July:  Another month to work with the iBook and web designer to marshal the material and make it available to the public.

Budget

  • $3300 - Medium Format camera rental or Nikon D800 body purchase
  • $750 - Lens rental
  • $500 - Web and iBook Designer
  • $750 - iPad for iBook development
  • $700 - Stipend for Jett so he can eat during the two months of the project
  • $700 - Kickstarter/Amazon fees
  • $300 - Rewards fulfillment 

If we can raise more we can do more.  If we raise more I can shoot more. There is such an embarrassment of riches here, in my month of shooting I'll barely be able to scratch the surface of what we have in West Adams.  And if we raise a bit more than I think we can even put out a print book!

If you haven't watched the video at top yet, please do, it'll give you a flavor of the architectural beauty in West Adams, and if you live in LA or nearby I suggest you come down here and see the area for yourself.  I'm convinced you'll fall in love with it as I have and understand why we've got to do this project.

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    A BIG THANK YOU: Your name, listed in the iBook and Website. It'll make you feel good about yourself, and your friends will know you helped out! ;)

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    iBOOK: You'll get the iBook delivered right to you thanks to the miracle of technology! That, plus the THANK YOU from the $5 Level.

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    8X10 PRINT: A lush, beautiful print of one of the gorgeous homes of West Adams that you pick out. Plus the THANK YOU from the $5 Level.

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    8x10 PRINT AND iBOOK: You get the beautiful print plus the iBook delivered to you electronically and the THANK YOU!

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    2 8x10 PRINTS: You get two gorgeous prints, plus the iBOOK and THANK YOU.

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    CALENDAR and iBOOK: It's worth me doing this project just so I can have this Calendar for myself! Each month of the year will be graced with a beautiful home from the streets of West Adams. That plus the iBOOK and big THANK YOU in the iBook itself and the Website.

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    CALENDAR plus 2 8X10 PRINTS AND iBOOK: Goodness what a bargain! You get the fantastic Calendar plus the PRINTS, the iBOOK and of course the big THANK YOU!

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    COFFEE TABLE BOOK: A beautiful selection of homes will be featured in this 11"x8 1/2" coffee table book, including both interiors and exteriors. Plus the iBOOK and the THANK YOU on the iBook and Website.

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    PERSONAL ONE ON ONE TOUR WITH JETT though his favorite parts of West Adams. Get the inside story of the making of Untold LA, plus the iBOOK and THANK YOU! Only 3 Available.

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    LIMITED EDITION SIGNED 11x14 PRINT: There will only be 20 of these folks. An 11x14 Print of a West Adams home that you choose from the Untold LA project, suitable for framing, numbered and signed by myself. PLUS the iBOOK and the big THANK YOU in the iBook and Website.

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    LIMITED EDITION SIGNED 16x24 PRINT: I'll be taking photographs in fantastic detail - so you'll need a larger print to see all of the design work on offer. If this is what you want than I suggest this size print. Choose a photo from the Untold LA project, I'll sign and number it and send it off to you. PLUS the CALENDAR, iBOOK and the big THANK YOU in the iBook and Website!

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    SPONSOR: If you're a business or organization you can receive a full one-quarter INTERACTIVE PAGE IN THE iBOOK which will include links out to your website. In addition you'll get a BANNER on the home page of the Untold LA Website for one calendar year. Also I will come out to your place of business and take any photographs necessary to promote you on the iBook.

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    GOLD SPONSOR: If you're a business or organization you can receive a full ONE-HALF INTERACTIVE PAGE IN THE iBOOK which will include links out to your website. In addition you'll get a BANNER on the home page of the Untold LA Website for one calendar year. Also I will come out to your place of business and take any photographs necessary to promote you on the iBook.

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    PATRON: If you live in West Adams I will come to your home and photograph your house, record your story and feature it in the Special Patron's Section of the iBook and Website. You'll also receive a complimentary copy of the iBook and an 8x10 Print taken from our photo session.

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    PLATINUM SPONSOR: If you're a business or organization you can receive a full interactive page in the iBook which will include links out to your website as well as pride of place on the UNTOLD LA website for one calendar year. In addition, I will come out to your place of business and take any photographs necessary to promote you on the iBook and Website.

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