Item description for Greetings from the Salton Sea: Folly and Intervention in the Southern California Landscape, 1905-2005 (Center for American Places - Center Books on American Places) by Kim Stringfellow...
The Salton Sea is a man-made catastrophe, redolent with the smell of algae and decomposing fish. Nevertheless, the lake's vast, placid expanses continue to attract birdwatchers, tourists and artists. In Greetings from the Salton Sea, photographer Kim Stringfellow explores the history of California's largest lake from its disastrous beginnings---the "sea" was formed when Colorado River levees broke and spilled into a depression 280 feet below sea level---to its heyday as a desert paradise in the 1950s and its current state as an environmental battleground.
Like the 400-plus species of birds that use the lake as a halfway point in their annual migration, developers flocked to the water too: they planted palm trees, built golf courses, and hired showstoppers such as the Beach Boys to perform at area resorts. These days, politicians seek to redirect the lake's only source of replenishment---agricultural runoff from surrounding farms---to water golf courses and green lawns elsewhere. Greetings from the Salton Sea's photographs capture the war among policymakers, environmentalists, developers, and the individuals still living along the lake's shores. As Stringfellow aptly documents, it is a war for water and, ultimately, for existence.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.8" Width: 6" Height: 1" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher Center for American Places
ISBN 1930066333 ISBN13 9781930066335
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More About Kim Stringfellow
Kim Stringfellow is assistant professor in the School of Art, Design, and Art History Multimedia program at San Diego State University. Her photographs and installations have appeared in numerous exhibitions, including at Camerawork in San Francisco, the Rachel Carson Institute in Pittsburgh, and the Houston Center for Photography.
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Saline drip Sep 3, 2006
The Salton Sea seems to be California's dirty little secret but with the help of Kim Stringfellow's excellent book and growing interest from environmentalists and others this fascinating water and desert area is slowly getting the corrective attention it deserves. In the past this eerie area has had plenty of attention, especially from land developers.
At the start of the photo section of the book there is promotional map from the Holly Corporation showing their early sixties Salton City development. A marina or two, schools, a main street and plenty of landscaped roads are shown, in fact if you look up the City on Google Earth you'll see every road has a name and even the single runway airstrip (naturally called Salton City Airport) is surrounded by curving roads with aeronautical names. You'll also see that very few dwellings were actually built and like so much development around the Sea they became victims of the various environmental and flooding problems not too mention the incredible salt content of the water.
A by-product of the failed commercial developments around the shore means that there is plenty of abandoned buildings and just plain man-made rubbish everywhere, this clearly acts as a magnet for landscape photographers it seems. I first found out about Salton from Troy Paiva's book Lost America: The Abandoned Roadside West which includes about twenty dramatic photos of the area, Kim Stringfellow visited some of the same sites. The forty-five photos in her book are more of a precise visual record of abandonment, either man-made or natural. In the first twenty-nine pages she writes a very succinct history of the Sea and I was pleased to see in the back a couple of very informative web sites listed.
As this is a photo book there is the usual nonsense of not having the captions with the photos, they are in the back with thumbnails of each image so readers have to constantly keep turning pages to find a simple bit of information. Needless to say the captions could have easily been included with photos if the book's designer was more professional.
Apart from the caption aspect (so four stars) I thought this was a fascinating book about a slightly known area of the Golden State and if you want to know (a lot) more check out the Salton Sea Atlas a beautifully produced book of maps and general background material.
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