In 2008, Daniel Chavkin began photographing one of the crucial more discreet and off-the-beaten-path midcentury modern homes and buildings in the Palm Springs area. These included secret gems created by such famous modernist architects as William Cody and John Porter Clark, in addition to others by quite lesser-known designers. The result is this rich photographic collection of in large part unseen examples of desert modern architecture. Some of the buildings shown herein aren’t easily accessible by, or in some cases completely off-limits to, most of the people, so the photographs in this book may be the only opportunity for midcentury aficionados to ever see a few of these buildings.
Daniel Chavkin is a photographer who lives and works in Palm Springs and Los Angeles. He began his career shooting celebrity portraits, but his passion is for midcentury modern architecture―and especially the desert modernism of Palm Springs. His love of modernism used to be forged at the same time as studying at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He also owns the graphic design business Design Lab 2.
- Gibbs Smith