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Greetings from the Salton Sea: Folly and Intervention in the Southern California Landscape, 1905-2005

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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 Colo ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by Columbia College Chicago Press
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Pamela
Hauntingly surreal!!! Beauty in ugliness - Ugliness in Beauty - Truth in art. The Salton Sea: an environmental conundrum. Nature instigated and human exacerbated....

I've never seen the Salton Sea up close, but those who have say it's a sight and smell you'll never forget. And not necessarily in delightful way. Unless perhaps, you're an artist or an extreme optomist or visionary with a miraculous plan. From the air though, the Salton Sea is majestic; a massive, almost fairy-tale-like, ethereal bl
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Steve
Dec 30, 2014 Steve rated it liked it
Just to lay it out there…I’m obsessed with the Salton Sea. Obsessed. I’ve done quite a bit of reading on the subject over the past ten years through a variety of sources, most of which are not reputable. Wikipedia is heavily involved here. So certainly not scholarly. However, I’ve gained enough to get a good sense of the sea, its history and its issues. This book does a good job of covering an interesting (to me) subject. But I don’t think it does as good a job as it could. Essentially, this is ...more
Xavier
Feb 06, 2007 Xavier rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
This gives a cursory account of the history of the Salton Sea in southern California. What draws me to the idea of this salty lake is the mythology of the arises around it: the mythology of westward expansion, rural development's beautiful mistakes, the cold war, 1950s car culture, nature preservation, naive entreprenurialism, and perhaps a scattering of other elements that play into the southern California landscape. It's ugly yet alluring at the same time, maybe like an octagenarian stripper. ...more
Pablo
Jun 26, 2007 Pablo marked it as to-read
Just saw this in this nice little bookshop called Balfour. Leslie and I had stopped by to check out this show: [http://akimbo.biz/events/index.php?id...] and spent awhile looking around. it gets props from rebecca solnit, so am curious.
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Jan 25, 2009 John rated it it was amazing
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Great photographs of the Salton Sea. I especially love the still lifes created using collected materials fromt the seaside. Captures well the enigmatic quality of the area. Visceral like the sea itslelf.
Jill
Oct 21, 2008 Jill rated it really liked it
Wowsa, a clear-cut and plainly presented representation of the mishaps of humans in the 20th century with the environment. All in all, a disturbing representation of mankind and the potential future we face.
Amber
Jan 09, 2010 Amber rated it really liked it
Fantastic images of a land only recently forgotten, but one abandoned with such fervor that its feels as though this spot on Earth is just the first to wither and die -- a portent of the fall of man.
Joe
Mar 30, 2009 Joe rated it liked it
Shelves: desert
Great images, but the across the fold design layout took this book from 4 stars to 3. A prime example for book designers of how not to do it.
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