Architecture and design buffs flock to Palm Springs for its modernist marvels and clean lines. Certain sunshine means plenty of ideal lighting, and any picture looks great.
Palm Springs, California: a sun-soaked haven for everyone from nudists and craftsmen to antique collectors, plein-air painters, history buffs, hipsters, homosexuals, retirees, and sun-worshipers.
Gambling is legal, locals are laid-back, and the brunches come with bottomless mimosas.
But more than the lifestyle, Palm Springs offers highly refined design with clean lines that mirror the horizon, a legacy of that quintessential American commercial-art form known as mid-century modernism.
Los Angeles may always be on the lookout for the next best thing, but 90 miles from the city, in the heart of Riverside County, it’s a mod, mod world (after all).
You probably didn’t know that Palm Springs is in the Coachella Valley — a place that’s become synonymous with music-fueled festival excess.
But long before hordes of indie-rock fans started flocking to the Empire Polo Grounds for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Palm Springs’ comparatively relaxed, characteristically unpretentious vibe scored the city a growing reputation as a celebrity hideaway for people including Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Sonny and Cher.
Check out this article I wrote for the Rundown: Palm Springs Party Pads: Rent Retro Celebrity Houses for your Own Rat Pack
If you’re thinking of heading to the desert on a road trip of your own, I humbly recommend another one of my articles: 10 Best Reasons to Visit Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley (Besides Coachella)
Finally, dive into this piece, also by yours truly: Backyard Oasis:The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982 from an exhibit at the Palm Springs Museum of Art.
Now, go take some photos in Palm Springs. Just be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen.