Portraits and Voices of the Salton Sea


Apr 18, 2014
7:00 pm until 8:00 pm


 “Portraits & Voices of the Salton Sea”
3rd Friday Black Rock Lecture Series

In February 2008, Christina Lange started her project on the Salton Sea, tying in landscape photography with portraits, photojournalism with art, exhibitions with book publications. A tremendously political subject, the Salton Sea is not just the environmental disaster we read about occasionally in the paper or catch a whiff of on a hot and humid day. This is a community to families, elderly, singles, couples, businesses and 400,000 migratory birds.

Christina came across the Salton Sea on a cross country trip in August 2005 when she came out of the Anza Borrego Desert and turned North onto Highway 86. German born, Washington D.C. raised and a decade in London meant that the American Southwestern Desert was an enigma to her, her Shangri-la. Christina lives at the Sea now, nigh on two years, and it still fascinates her, its fragility, its bizarreness, tranquility and its heated reputation.

The Sea is at best a most complex environment, and so too is her connection with it and this is what she will be exploring in this lecture. “Why I chose to take the particular approach as a photographer, what I did to the diverse and political subject matter that is the Salton Sea, and why I left my very faraway home of London to do so.”

Sponsored by the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park, this lecture will be held at the Black Rock Visitor Center, 9800 Black Rock Canyon, Yucca Valley, CA 92284 on Friday, April 18, 7 pm – 8 pm.  The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Desert Institute at 760-367-5535, desertinstitute@joshuatree.org, or visit www.joshuatree.org. 




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9800 Black Rock Canyon Rd.
Yucca Valley, CA

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