The photographer’s 224-page study of mid-century homes and the people who love them was published on 5th February 5.
For decades Palm Springs was a resort town whose primary attractions included 18 holes of golf and the occasional Dean Martin sighting. These days the place is a year-round draw for mid-century architecture fans.
Photographer James Schnepf spent four years capturing the scene for his book, Palm Springs Modern Living (Gibbs Smith), and he compares many of the houses he shot to famous faces. “To me these iconic homes were celebrity-like initially,” says Schnepf. “They were somewhat intimidating.” But when he got to know their owners, designers, and even a builder, they became more approachable.
The book arrives just in time for an exhibition of his photos at Modernism Week, the celebration of ’50s and ’60s design, architecture, and culture that runs February 12 to 22.
The mission of Modernism Week is to celebrate and foster appreciation of mid-century architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in Palm Springs.
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