Several weeks ago, we got a chance to chat with Hancock Park photographer Nancy Baron about her latest book, “Palm Springs Modern Dogs at Home,” a delightful diversion.
This is Baron’s third book, which launched last fall, “is a focused, pun intended, on Palm Springs living,” as she wrote in the introduction to the book, which follows her first two books on modernist homes and the Palm Springs lifestyle. Says Baron:
“For the many years that Palm Springs has been my second home I’ve been documenting the endlessly intriguing lifestyle beyond its resorts. As a Chicago native, my fascination and appreciation for this desert oasis is magnified and unwaning. The community has welcomed my camera and me into their homes, perfect odes to mid century modern American design. The dogs of the house often follow me around and wander into my camera frame, adding warmth and life to the image as they do to their homes. In these pages I have put these precious pups in the spotlight where they belong.”
Baron’s images were featured in a photography exhibition and talk at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston, Winchester MA when the book launched in late Fall. She also gathered some international attention with a feature published in the Guardian UK, “Doggy Style: Homes of the Pampered Pooches of Palm Springs – In Pictures,” which proved to be very popular with readers. She was awarded first prize at by the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel in their international juried competition earlier this year. Normally, the first prize winner would have an exhibition as well, but due to pandemic, Baron gave a lecture on her work via Zoom.
There are 54 delightful images in the book. The captions include the lineage of each Modernist house as well as quotes from the owner about their beloved canines.
“I have documenting Palm Spring for fifteen years,” Baron told the Buzz. “A lot of times there are dogs around the houses. The Palm Springs modernist community is a very tight community of preservationists. Their homes are all strictly midcentury modern and the having images of the dogs clearly adds so much warmth and life to the photos. They also support the Palm Springs animal shelter with amazing events because their dogs are their families. It’s a very social community and the dogs are always included.”
Baron’s is a respectful observer of this special lifestyle. She describes herself as a documentary photographer with a hopeful bias.
Our thanks to her for sharing a selection of images with the Buzz today, also Baron’s birthday. Her book is $25 and can purchased for online or click here for a signed book.
All photos below are from Nancy Baron.
About Patricia Lombard
Patricia Lombard is the co-editor and publisher of the Larchmont Buzz. Patty lives with her family in Fremont Place. She has been active in neighborhood issues since moving here in 1989. Her pictorial history, "Larchmont" for Arcadia Press is available at Chevalier's Books.
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