Published by Kehrer Verlag

The Good Life Goes On Cover image
Nancy Baron, Palm Springs – The Good Life Goes On (book cover)

Photographer Nancy Baron’s second monograph, The Good Life Goes On, is an apt title as the good life certainly does go in this exquisitely captured collection of photographs about life in Palm Springs. Baron’s unique approach to her work sits on the edge of documentary and fine art, all from the perspective of an insider, possibly traversing the landscape with a camera and a martini in hand. She finds the humor, beauty, and the soul of a city built on sand, a city that celebrates modernist architecture, kitsch and caftans, blue skies, and turquoise water. As visitors, we get a glimpse into the inner sanctums of the Rat Pack lifestyle, a little Frank Sinatra on the record player, and the sounds of ice cubes rolling around in gilt rimmed glassware.

The dreamy Palm Springs vibe washes over the traveler at the first sight from land or air of the vast wind mill farm sprouting from the Southern California desert, surrounding the town like guards at the gate to paradise. Their whirling blades seem to clear the air, invoking a strong shift in sense of place.

Here are my impressions of this storied American resort town and its mid century modern lifestyle from the vantage point of a part-time resident—documenting, with a positive bias, my ongoing and endless discoveries of my second home and its community of mid twentieth century modern enthusiasts.

This large and tight-knit group of self-proclaimed modernists is firmly committed to a lifestyle from the past and the preservation of its architecture. Their homes, cars, and clothes pay homage to a carefree post-World War II time in U. S. history that glows warmly in their vintage rear-view mirrors. Regardless of their first-hand knowledge of 1950s and sixties America, these Palm Springs modernists find comfort in the reenactment of gentler times.

Nancy Baron

Cocktail Hour
©Nancy Baron, Cocktail Hour

Nancy Baron (b. Chicago, Illinois) s a documentary photographer based in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California. Her background in documentary filmmaking informs her astute exploration and documentation of the vernacular landscape, with a bias toward hopefulness. Her work is held in public and private collections and has been exhibited in galleries across the U.S. Baron’s images of the exotic world next door and its inhabitants have been featured online and in print internationally in The New York Times, BBC World, Conde Nast Traveler, Mother Jones, Architectural Digest Italy, Suddeutsche Zeitung, Interview Magazine Germany, Neue Zurcher Zeitung, Switzerland, amongst others. Her well-received first monograph, The Good Life – Palm Springs was published by Kehrer Verlag in 2014.

Nancy Baron, Palm Springs: The good life goes on

  • Hardcover: 120 pages / 63 colour photographs
  • Publisher: KehrerVerlag
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 386828706X

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