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Leonard Nadel photographs of Pueblo del Rio, 1947-1948, 1947-1948

Nadel, Leonard, 1916-1990.

Leonard Nadel photographs and other material relating to housing and urban redevelopment in Los Angeles, Series II. Unpublished books. Series II.A. Pueblo del Rio, 1947-1948

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  • Title:
    Leonard Nadel photographs of Pueblo del Rio, 1947-1948, 1947-1948
  • Author/Creator: Nadel, Leonard, 1916-1990.
  • Creation Date: 1947-1948
  • Biographical/Historical Note: The American photojournalist Leonard Nadel (1916-1990) recieved a bachelor's degree from City College of New York, trained at the Army Signal Corps Photographic Center, and received a master's degree in education from Teachers College, Columbia University before moving to Los Angeles to study photography at the Art Center College of Design, during wihich time he began to document public housing in Los Angeles, focusing on Pueblo del Rio and Aliso Village. On the strength of this work Nadel was hired in 1949 by the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles (HACLA) to make a photographic record of living conditions in both the slums and the new housing projects that were built in Los Angeles during and immediately after World War II. He was employed by HACLA until 1953, after which he worked as a freelance photographer, producing documentary work for various agencies and magazines such as National geographic, Look, Forbes, Life, and Paris Match. For over two decades he was Business Week's primary west coast photographer.
  • Physical Desc.: 2.0 linear feet
  • Summary: Comprising Series II.A. of the Leonard Nadel photographs and other material relating to housing and urban redevelopment in Los Angeles, this subseries consists of Nadel's unpublished book, "Pueblo del Rio: The Study of a Planned Community," and additional photographic material related to the project. Originally built in 1940 for African-American defense industry workers, Pueblo del Rio is a housing development located at 52nd Street and Long Beach Avenue in South Central Los Angeles. The mid-century modernist project was designed by the Southeast Housing Architects, which included Richard Neutra, Gordon Kaufman, Adrian Wilson, and the firm of Wurdeman & Becket. The chief architect on the project was Paul R. Williams, Los Angeles's first successful African-American architect, known as the "architect to the stars" for the many private residences he designed for the Hollywood elite. Nadel began documenting Pueblo del Rio while a student at the Art Center College of Design. In the late 1940s he showed some of the photographs to Frank Wilkinson, who encouraged him to continue his documentation, and later hired him as a photographer for HACLA.
  • Language: English
  • Notes: Materials are arranged thematically, and include views of the project, and of community life such as activities and organizations within the project, schools, and named residents in a variety of activities and settings. The last part of the subseries consists of the book matter, including selected images, text, and the maquette.
    Contact prints were not digitized except in cases where there were no negatives. Audiovisual material was not digitized.
  • Form/Genre: Aerial photographs--California--Los Angeles--20th century.
    Black-and-white negatives--California--Los Angeles--20th century.
    Gelatin silver prints--California--Los Angeles--20th century.
    Panoramas--California--Los Angeles--20th century.
    Photographs, Original.
  • Format: Still image
  • ID/Accession Number: 2002.M.42 (Series II.A.)
  • Is Part Of: Leonard Nadel photographs and other material relating to housing and urban redevelopment in Los Angeles, Series II. Unpublished books. Series II.A. Pueblo del Rio, 1947-1948
  • See Also: Collection description
  • Use Restrictions: Digitized with support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Digital images and files saved from this website are for study purposes only. Copyright restrictions apply. Copyright J. Paul Getty Trust.
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