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Desert America: Territory of Paradox

Jaime Salazar, Michael Kubo and Irene Hwang

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 320

  • Publisher: ACTAR

  • Date Published: Jun 2006

  • Stock Code: 57706

  • ISBN: 9788496540095

  • Binding: Hardback

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Desert America: Territory of Paradox is a survey of the extreme uses and activities that take place in the area roughly encompassing Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and sections of California and Texas. Through photography and text, personal experience and history, we explore an alternate American desert - one of promise and failure inflated to magnificent proportions. In a region typically considered barren and empty, we investigate the phenomena that reveal the desert as a place that is in fact teeming with activity.

The book demonstrates in seven sections how the desert is an epic territory of severe conditions that can generate monumental reactions, constructions and outcomes. It traces a parabola that begins with the idea of the Desert as the vacant, desired territory of history, rises through an arc of increasing colonization, and returns to the image of Desert as a territory of the empty and sublime - yet now conditioned by all that the reader has witnessed. Including such intriguing structures as White Sands Missile Park, Playas in New Mexico (a military training town) and the Hoover Dam, this is a colourful and detailed look at a strange place.

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