Inspired by, Santa Monica Pleasure Pier, A Look Back to 1917 from Today. LookBack Art team has created a unique collection of postcards. Locations were photographed over 100 years ago, with many of the images layered over with images of today. A wonderful view of the historical city of Santa Monica.

Written by: Michael Murphy

Photography by: Jens Lucking

Size: 5" x 7"
Pages: 26 – Soft Cover
ISBN: 978-1-941677-75-9

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Santa Monica - A Look Back

Over one hundred years ago, Charles I. D. Looff, the owner of the Santa Monica Pleasure Pier in 1917, created a prospectus book in order to sell shares in his Pier or, potentially, sell the Pier entirely.

How this book from 1917 crossed my path began over a century ago. As Jens Lucking and I were shooting photography for the “Santa Monica: A Look Back to 1902 from Today” book, we were in the streets of Santa Monica’s Ocean Park district discussing what was different about a house built in 1900. It was then that Stephen Anaya walked out of his house, upon hearing that we were having a dialogue about its history, jumped right in. A year later, when the Santa Monica History Museum exhibited the book, I made sure Mr. Anaya got an invitation. He was moved by what Jens and I had created and, as luck would have it, Mr. Anaya is one of the great collectors of Los Angeles and Santa Monica Fine and Historical prints, and generously offered up a gem from his collection, a prospectus book for another adventure with time and place.

As Jens Lucking and I sought out the locations that were photographed over 100 years ago, the process became a means of connecting with a larger stream of continuity. It is with great pleasure that we share this book with you.

Writer — Contributors — Photographer

Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy is a former agency Senior Art Director gone independent design professional.

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Jens Lucking

Jens Lucking turned his passion into his profession in 1992, winning a string of awards since.

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Here are just five of the many wonderful images you'll enjoy when purchasing Santa Monica: A Look Back to Postcards to 1917 Santa Monica from Today.

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October 2019