Greetings from the Salton Sea
Folly and Intervention in the Southern California Landscape, 1905-2005
Distributed for Columbia College Chicago Press
Like the 400-plus species of birds that use the lake as a halfway point in their annual migration, developers flocked to the water too: they planted palm trees, built golf courses, and hired showstoppers such as the Beach Boys to perform at area resorts. These days, politicians seek to redirect the lake's only source of replenishment—agricultural runoff from surrounding farms—to water golf courses and green lawns elsewhere. Greetings from the Salton Sea's photographs capture the war among policymakers, environmentalists, developers, and the individuals still living along the lake's shores. As Stringfellow aptly documents, it is a war for water and, ultimately, for existence.
"The Salton Sea is one of the great conundrums for our time--a new place already in ruins, a toxic place that is also a wild bird refuge, a strange mix of debris and sublimity that Kim Stringfellow's pictures and history portray compellingly." --Rebecca Solnit
“Kim Stringfellow’s odyssey into the Salton Sea excavates cultural relics and treasures that surprise and astound. She weaves the fragments, tatters, and shards that she found into a salty tale that makes one nostalgic for the Sea’s future, something that seems always around the bend. She has added an eloquent new exhibit to this museum of decay.”
"Stringfellow's images, taken alone, may be understated, but seen in numbers and backed by her crisply elucidating text, they make for quite a saga."