Capturing history as it was made

Editor, Los Angeles Times

From its inception on Dec. 4, 1881, the Los Angeles Times has been an integral part of this great city.

Our metropolis has changed dramatically over the last 130 years, but one thing has remained constant: The Los Angeles Times has landed on doorsteps -- and now computer screens and cellphones -- every single day.

Our commitment to covering the news -- the first draft of history, as Phillip Graham famously called it -- is unwavering.


PHOTOS: Capturing history as it was made

Although the nature of news and photography has moved from the printing press and darkroom to the digital frontier, the power to capture historic events endures in images and front pages that span more than a century.

They offer an unforgettable walk through the history of Southern California: the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the rise of Hollywood, natural disasters, wars, the political careers of presidents and deaths of notable figures.

A gallery of images commemorates 130 years of work by the Los Angeles Times as captured by one of the largest and most acclaimed photo staffs in the world. Their work has been honored with five Pulitzer Prizes and numerous other awards.

And a collection of some of our most memorable front pages -- including the sinking of the Titanic, the end of World Wars I and II, the 1992 riots and more -- offers a window into different times. In all, The Times has won 41 Pulitzer Prizes, six of which are gold medals for public service.

Most of all, we want to thank you, our loyal and longtime readers who continue to support this vital and important mission.

FRONT PAGES: 130 years of the Los Angeles Times