A celebration of modernist architecture in the desert” is how photographer and author Dan Chavkin describes his work. A tour of buildings public and private found mostly in the Coachella Valley, residents of our own desert valleys will also resonate with the now classic lines of period buildings, and how they stand both in contrast and in harmony with the sky and light of the region. It is, in fact, a showcase of desert daylight and desert landscape as much fifties and sixties era design, where each building is a gem seen through Chavkin’s lens.This book is a gorgeous gift for architects and enthusiasts alike.— Claudia
In 2008, Daniel Chavkin began photographing some of the more discreet and off-the-beaten-path midcentury modern homes and buildings in the Palm Springs area. These included secret gems created by such famous modernist architects as William Cody and John Porter Clark, as well as others by relatively lesser-known designers. The result is this rich photographic collection of largely unseen examples of desert modern architecture. Many of the buildings shown herein are not easily accessible by, or in some cases completely off-limits to, the general public, so the photographs in this book may be the only opportunity for midcentury aficionados to ever see some of these buildings.
Daniel Chavkin is a photographer who lives and works in Palm Springs and Los Angeles. He began his career shooting celebrity portraits, but his passion is for midcentury modern architecture--and especially the desert modernism of Palm Springs. His love of modernism was forged while studying at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He also owns the graphic design business Design Lab 2.