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The Colorado Street Bridge: Restoration Project Photographs, 1991-1993
Photographer Tavo Olmos was contracted by the City of Pasadena to document the restoration project for the Colorado Street Bridge. The images were edited, printed and forgotten—until now. On the occasion of the bridge's centennial, this book features select views of the deconstruction, the reconstruction, and the dedicated workers who undertook this painstaking process.
Photography by Gil Garcetti
Paris: Women & Bicycles
For nearly three years, Gil Garcetti, has been photographing women riding bicycles in Paris. Women of all ages, smartly dressed, use bicycles to get to work, to visit friends, to go shopping, go to the movies or the opera, and even to funerals. The weather is never an impediment—these women ride in the snow, the rain and the heat. With evocative urban imagery and lush color, this book will inspire readers to leave their cars for their bikes wherever they may need to go with Parisian flair. This book is one component of a community bicycling initiative in Southern California.
Photographs by Meg McComb
The Gamble House Cookbook: Good Design | Good Food
Introduction by Mark Peel
Preface by Robert Harris, FAIA
One of the important principles of the Arts and Crafts Movement was the lifestyle it represented. The natural use of materials, the flow of space, the abundant fresh air all represented a slow, graceful and organic way of living. After 100 years as one of the arts and crafts most important architectural landmarks, The Gamble House Cookbook portrays this lifestyle through Mrs. Gamble’s own recipes in her original handwriting reinterpreted for today by celebrity chef Mark Peel.
Contemporary recipes and stylish menus round out the culinary experience while an introduction by architect Robert Harris conveys an architect’s appreciation for the experience of the dining room itself gleaned from his many meals shared their with colleagues. Intimate images of the domestic landscape by photographer Meg McComb transport the reader to a more relaxed time in one of America’s most beautiful homes.
Looking for a fun, festive addition to your holiday cocktail party? See below . . .
Vodka Tomatoes, AKA Bloody Mary on a Stick, from The Gamble House Cookbook
1 basket of firm, ripe cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup ice-cold premium vodka
1/4 cup kosher salt
Bring about 3 cups of water to a boil. Plunge the tomatoes into the boiling water for 20 seconds. Remove from water and plunge into ice water for 10 seconds. Drain. Peel the tomatoes and place in a bowl. Cover with plastic film and refrigerate.
When ready to serve, place the tomatoes on a rimmed platter. Pour the ice-cold vodka over the tomatoes to almost cover. Serve tomatoes with toothpicks and salt in a small bowl.
Spear a tomato with a toothpick and dip the tomato in the salt.
Yield: 20–25 tomatoes
Photography by Warren Marr
Descanso: An Urban Oasis Revealed
Rancho del Descanso-The Ranch of Rest-Descanso Gardens is one of Los Angeles' oldest botanical gardens. Previously a Spanish rancho and later the estate of publisher and horticulturist E. Manchester Boddy the 160 acres was granted to the people of Los Angeles County including one of the world's finest collections of camellias and oaks. Marr's garden images called to mind the long tradition of photographers who have responded creatively to the garden and its timeless appeal. Descanso Gardens is what Marr refers to as a "natural light box," and the result of his photographic explorations is what Getty curator Anne Lyden calls "lyrical and luminous." The lush panoramic images combined with essays on the significance of the Gardens' plants and history make an elegant volume for photography and garden lovers.
Margaret Leslie Davis
This elegant book chronicles the efforts of the impressive team of international architects, designers and retailers who created Los Angeles' famed Art Deco masterpiece.
Photography by Gil Garcetti
Dance in Cuba
Garcetti’s book of photographs, Dance in Cuba, is a visual chronicle of Cuba’s little-known, yet extremely vibrant, dance culture. Working with Alicia Alonso, Director of the Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Garcetti enjoyed unprecedented access to classical ballet and contemporary dance studios in addition to street and folk dance troupes.
Three Books by Virginia Comer
The Urban Details Series
Stairways, fountains and streetlights are among the many overlooked small things that enrich and give character to our cityscapes. Seeing and appreciating them is the idea behind the Urban Details series. Many have significant histories and are associated with important civic leaders, and many are merely the result of some functional requirement, but nearly all are the product of the loving hand labor of talented artisans.