H. H. West and his second cousin once removed, Evert West, stand in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre. H. H. has his hands on his hips. Both men wear suits, ties, and hats. The poster behind them is for the movie The Big Star, starring Tony Martin and the Marx Brothers.
Henry Hebard West was a Los Angeles resident, Southern Pacific Railroad employee, and candid photographer. His photograph album contains images of Los Angeles and vicinity, but also includes many photos of travels to Northern California, the Midwest, and New England. Most of the photos are portraits of the West family in Los Angeles, where they lived at 240 S. Griffin Avenue, in a house built by the photographer's father. The photos provide a first-hand look at the architecture, interior decoration, furniture, clothing, hair styles, and transportation of the period. They document the life of the West family over a span of forty years, as they age, marry, raise children, enjoy outings to nearby city parks, beaches, hotels, and missions, and vacation together in Northern California, returning again and again to places like Yosemite, Silver Lake, Gem Lake, June Lake, Convict Lake, and Minnelusa to camp; sled; hike; trout fish; and hunt deer, rabbits, doves, and sage hens.
H. H. West stands in front of a wisteria plant in his backyard. He wears a suit and hat. He has his hands behind his back. The grass covers his feet. There is a chair and a wooden post behind him, and a door to a shed or part of a house with ladders leaning on it beyond.