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Photographer: Gregory Halpern
Publisher: Mack Books
Publication date: 2016
Print length: 128 pages
Language: English
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Early settlers called California the Golden State and the land of milk and honey. Today there are the obvious ironies - the sprawl, the spaghetti junctions and the row of skids - but the place is not so easily distilled or visualized, either as a cliché paradise or as its demise.

There's a strange harmony when it's all seen together - the sublime, the psychedelic, the self-destructive. Like all places, it's unpredictable and contradictory, but to extremes. Cultures and histories coexist, the beautiful sits next to the ugly, the redeemer next to despair, and all under a strange and singular light, as transcendent as it is harsh. The images in this book begin in the desert east of Los Angeles and move west through the city to end in the Pacific.

This general westward movement alludes to a thirst for water, as well as to the original expansion of America, which originated in the East and rushed greedily Westward to reach the Pacific, thus fulfilling its "manifest" destiny. The people, places and animals in the book existed before Halpern's camera, but he stitched these photographs together into a work of fiction or fantasy - a structure, sequence and montage that, like Los Angeles itself , teeters on the brink of collapse under the weight of its own oddly shaped mass.
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