Photo Essays

Charles Manson on Trial: Madness Visible

Charles Manson has been in jail for four decades. In 1971, he and several of his followers — Tex Watson, Susan Atkins, Patricia Krenwinkel and Leslie Louise Van...

Glendora Fire Rages Near Los Angeles

A wildfire raging in Glendora, Calif., grew Thursday to more than 1,700 acres in size. It’s already injured 3 people, destroyed at least five homes and forced...

John Dominis: Photographer Spotlight

[NOTE: John Dominis, one of LIFE magazine's most versatile staff photographers and one of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th century, died on...

LIFE Rides With the Hells Angels, 1965

From Jesse James and Butch Cassidy to Scarface and Tony Soprano, outlaws have always held a singularly ambiguous place in America’s popular imagination: we fear...

Silver Fire Rages East of Los Angeles

Fire officials ordered the evacuation of more than 1,500 residents in the small towns near the San Jacinto Mountains as the Silver Fire chars communities still...

LIFE Goes to a Cat Show, 1952

During National Cat Week in November 1952, Los Angeles hosted more than 300 felines and their owners from all over the country for America’s biggest cat show of...

Los Angeles — Portrait of a City

A stunning collection of photographs from Taschen's new book, [ITALIC "Los Angeles — Portrait of a City"], reveals the city's colorful history

The Fire Last Time: LIFE in Watts, 1966

The August 1965 Watts Riots (or Watts Rebellion, depending on one’s perspective and politics), were among the bloodiest, costliest and — in the five decades...

I Was in LIFE: Ann-Margret Remembers

Fifty-odd years ago, a young singer/dancer on the verge of breaking into the movies visited LIFE magazine’s L.A. bureau — and for once, the newshounds who worked...

Remembering Nick Adenhart

The promising young pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels was killed in a car accident during the first week of the 2009 season. Now his teammates will carry his...