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From the PublisherLas Vegas Periphery by photographer Laurie Brown with an Essay by Sally Denton is not a book about the famous Sin City. This one is VIEWS FROM THE EDGE with beautiful, full color photos printed one on each of the large format pages of this lovely photography book. The essayist grew up in the area and tells the history of the growth of this area of Nevada, which had only about 30 homesteaders in 1905 when the first railroad reached there. In 1931 Nevada legalized gambling, and that set the stage for enormous growth. These photographs honor the part of this vast desert that was not victim of the huge city. The desert is both beautiful and unrelenting and could at any moment destroy the city. This is a book you will want to own if you travel or live there.
Laurie Brown’s panoramic photographs of Las Vegas, Nevada, reveal lush green grass, artificial waterways, and tropical palm trees set against a stark waterless desert landscape. For Brown, who has documented suburban spaces and the altered landscape for more than forty years, these easily overlooked peripheral areas—where vulnerable wilderness meets encroaching suburban sprawl—reveal the all-too-real paradoxes of life in the desert.
Brown’s engaging photographs ask us to consider how far Las Vegans will go to live in a place not intended for living and whether their desires to do so are, in the end, sustainable.
Exhibit runs August 24 - November 3, 2013