Explore the Era

Delve into the postwar Los Angeles art world in this online archive, which provides additional material related to the exhibitions on view at the Getty Center. Learn about hipsters and happenings, and the venues across the city where all the action took place through images from the archives and first-hand accounts with the artists.

Los Angeles (US 257/10a)

Los Angeles (US 257/10a), Grant Mudford

Los Angeles (US 257/10a), negative, 1976; print, 1980, Grant Mudford. Gelatin silver print. 19 1/4 x 13 1/8 in. © Grant Mudford

On View at the Getty Center: In Focus Los Angeles 1945-1980

After working for ten years as a commercial photographer, Sydney native Grant Mudford received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts, enabling him to travel throughout the United States to pursue personal work. Mudford’s love of architecture—particularly the vernacular, often anonymous structures of urban America— is evident in the photographs he produced. His head-on depictions of the façades of simple commercial buildings are enlivened by signage, the play of light and shade, the placement of doors and windows, or, as in this image, the rich variety of textures.