Palm Desert is the first book of photographs by Emigre magazine creator Rudy VanderLans. It is based on the music and lyrics of Los Angeles-based composer Van Dyke Parks and pays tribute to both Parks and Southern California. Somewhere between fact, fantasy and fiction, Palm Desert strives to echo Parks's creative approach of blending classical, historical, vernacular and environmental themes. The result is a curious mix of tribute, documentary photography, impressionism, and experimental music review.
The book also includes a bonus music CD containing the original track Palm Desert by Van Dyke Parks, as well as three adaptations by Emigre recording artists Itchy Pet, Honey Barbara, and Elliott Peter Earls. Playing time 21 minutes. 96 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, 75 full color and duotone photographs, cloth cover with blind emboss, sewn and case bound, with a CD attached in the back.
"It's a beautiful tribute, a work of art in and of itself." -- Open Sky
"The startling contrast between the desert-alone and the desert-intervened is made clear in Vanderlans's color photographs." -- The Journal of Artists Books
It is brilliant. An inspiring visual journey through the Palm Desert area of...