Since 1905, Dawson's Book Shop has been a leading source in Southern California for rare and out of print books in the fields of California history, Western Americana and photography. In fact, Dawson's is the oldest continuously operating book shop in the city of Los Angeles. Ernest Dawson started the shop in downtown Los Angeles. After three moves downtown and a transfer of ownership to the second generation of Glen and Muir Dawson, the shop settled on Larchmont Boulevard in the Hollywood/Hancock Park area in 1968. Michael Dawson marks the third generation of the Dawson family to helm this Los Angeles treasure.
Michael Dawson Gallery, a central focus of the Larchmont Village location, is a spacious exhibition area highlighting a photographic inventory of fine, vintage photographs by artists such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, and Adam Clark Vroman. The gallery also displays work by an exciting group of contemporary photographers including Kaucyila Brooke, Judy Dater, Scott B. Davis, Karen Halverson, Yuichi Hibi, , Ken Rosenthal, Kim Stringfellow and Roger Vail.
A view of Dawson’s Bookshop circa 1917 from a painting by Clarence Ellsworth.
Recent opening at Michael Dawson Gallery with photographer Yuichi Hibi.
Interior view of the Larchmont location.