Greetings from the Salton Sea is a book, website and installation project documenting the natural and built environment of the Salton Sea—an ecologically challenged inland body of water located in Southern California near the Mexican border. The project discusses the historical, social, and ecological background of this unique place through photography, text, archival real estate promotion films and collected objects.

Greetings from the Salton Sea: Folly and Intervention in the Southern California Landscape, 1905-2005 was published by the Center for American Places in 2005 and is now available in paperback. The publication was funded, in part, by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Support was also provided through San Diego State University.

Greetings from the Salton Sea was included in Ecotopia: The Second Triennial of Photography and Video at the International Center for Photography (ICP) in NYC and as a solo exhibit at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin in 2006. Photographs from Greetings from the Salton Sea are included in the Nevada Museum of Art’s Altered Landscape collection, Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library Western Americana collection plus other public and private collections. Stringfellow’s photograph “Abandoned Trailer, Bombay Beach, CA” was featured in The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment co-published by Rizzoli Press/Nevada Museum of Art in 2011. The NMA’s Center for Art + Environment acquired the research archive for this project during 2012. These Days host, Tom Fudge of San Diego NPR affiliate, KPBS interviewed Kim Stringfellow for the centenary of the Salton Sea’s creation on November 9, 2006.

To view the photographic portfolio for this project visit this link.

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