We have measured atomic pair distribution functions (PDF) of La1−x
MnO3 using high energy x-ray diffraction. This approach yields accurate PDFs with very high real-space resolution. It also avoids potential pitfalls from the more usual neutron measurements that magnetic scattering is present in the measurement, that the neutron scattering length of manganese is negative leading to partial cancellation of PDF peaks, and that inelasticity effects might distort the resulting PDF We have used this to address the following questions which do not have a satisfactory answer: (1) What are the amplitudes and natures of the local Jahn-Teller and polaronic distortions in the CMR region. (2) Is the ground-state of the ferromagnetic metallic phase delocalized or polaronic. (3) As one moves away from the ground-state, by raising temperature or decreasing doping, towards the metal insulator transition, how does the state of the material evolve?