Photo Essays

See the Worst Place to Breathe in America

If you think about smog, you’re probably picturing a major city like Los Angeles, where in the 1960’s and 70’s the air was so bad that smog alerts telling people...

Phil Stern: Classic Hollywood Portraits

The 60-year career enjoyed by Phil Stern, who turns 95 on Sept. 6, is one of the most varied and downright extraordinary of any 20th century photographer. Awards...

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...

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...

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

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 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...

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...