Consists of photographs of urban, suburban, rural and waterfront areas of Los Angeles County. Many photographs show neighborhood
streets and houses, including ethnic enclaves and communities.
Anton Wagner (also known as G. A. Wagner) was a PhD candidate at the University of Kiel when he made these photographs to
document his dissertation, Los Angeles: Werden, Leben und Gestalt der Zweimillionstadt in Südkalifornien..., published in
1935. His thesis suggests that the topography of Los Angeles produces the character of the city's inhabitants. After World
War II, Wagner settled in Montreal and worked as a commercial journalist and trade marketing consultant.
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