Library of Congress brings America to life in LA photo show

Library of Congress brings America to life in LA photo show
This Thursday, April 19, 2018, photo shows exhibition curator Anne Wilkes Tucker, left, and Library of Congress photo curator Beverly Brannan, right, during a media preview of the exhibit "Not An Ostrich: And Other Images From America's Library," at the Annenberg Space For Photography in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — If a picture tells a thousand words, then the Library of Congress is bringing 440,000 of them to Los Angeles.

“Not An Ostrich: And Other Images From America’s Library” is a free-wheeling exhibition featuring 440 iconic photos from the archives of America’s library.

It opened Saturday at the Annenberg Space For Photography and runs until Sept. 9.

Admission is free.

The photos run the gamut from celebrities in candid moments to everyday people living their lives to historic events.

They include such oddities as the world’s first known selfie, taken by Robert Cornelius outside his Philadelphia lamp shop in 1839. That was the year photography first became publicly available.

Others include the earliest known photographs of Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Tubman.