Dark City. The Real Los Angeles Noir by Jim Heimann

Grit, grime, corruption, and everything in between grace the pages of author Jim Heimann's new book titled Dark City. The Real Los Angeles Noir. Photos from history have inspired all sorts of artistic work ranging from the photographic to the literary and has spawned its own genre — noir and this book has them all.

Dark City. The Real Los Angeles Noir © TASCHEN

The City of Angels had seen its fair share of grim stories and dark days before being considered a mecca for tourists for its sunny beaches and diverse culture. That's what author Jim Heimann's new photo book is all about and then some. Dark City. The Real Los Angeles Noir is a visceral offering that's filled with photographs from the 1920s through the 1950s that show the city's gritty roots.

The victim of a mad butcher, a sex and torture victim reveals her aggressor’s handiwork, ca. 1938. © Cliff Wesselmann Photo Courtesy of Gregory Paul Williams, BL Press LLC / TASCHEN

Heimann's new book explores the history of Los Angeles that's hidden in plain sight or better yet, in its forgotten history. Tinseltown indeed has its own deep dark secrets that readers can explore and peer into in Dark City. Newspaper clippings of crimes, scandals, and photographs show the city's lesser known side before becoming a bustling metropolis. Some of the images found in the book came from archives, museums, private collections and the author's own library.

A cigar-chomping detective examines the murder weapon, ca. 1940. © Cliff Wesselmann Photo Courtesy of Gregory Paul Williams, BL Press LLC / TASCHEN

Dark City is distributed by art publisher TASCHEN Books. Author Jim Heimann is also the Executive Editor for TASCHEN America. He's published books on different topics like architecture, pop culture, and history. Some of his books include Surfing, Los Angeles. Portrait of a City, and the All American Ads series.

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