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August 8, 2015

Hollywood Boulevard in the 1970s: Time-Warping Photos of LA’s Main Drag at Its Disco Pinnacle

Today, the neighborhood is overrun with buskers in superhero outfits, but 40 years ago, real Angelenos wandered the sidewalk with the stars under their feet. Ave Pildas spent more than two years walking up and down Hollywood Boulevard taking photos of the homeless, the star obsessed, the old ladies and the prostitutes that all walked the same street.

“At that time people were saying the country was tilted to the West and all the crazies rolled towards California,” says Pildas. “They stopped just short of the ocean and landed in Hollywood.”

Ave Pildas moved to Los Angeles in 1971 to work as an art director at Capitol Records in the heart of Hollywood. Between 1972 and 1975, he shot thousands of black and white photos on Hollywood Boulevard’s “Walk of Fame”. These photos document a unique and lively period in the history of Los Angeles and in American culture.

(All photographs © by Ave Pildas)


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