Descanso: An Urban Oasis Revealed

Rancho del Descanso — The Ranch of Rest — Descanso Gardens is one of Southern California’s oldest botanical gardens. Previously a Spanish rancho and later the estate of publisher and horticulturist E. Manchester Boddy the 150 acres was granted to the people of Los Angeles County including one of the world’s finest collections of camellias and oaks. Marr’s garden images call to mind the long tradition of photographers who have responded creatively to the garden and its timeless appeal.

Warren Marr

Warren Marr has a worldwide reputation as a master interpreter of eloquently expressive images. Published in numerous books and periodicals, his images have also been seen in advertisements, brochures, and billboards for companies that include General Motors, National Geographic, and Delta Airlines. He has photographed more than 65 golf courses, most of them in Southeast Asia, and in 2006 he was the subject of an LA Times feature article and a KCET television feature. His esthetic and technical mastery of panoramas allow an exploration of the edges of reality, presenting images unique to his own point of view.

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Rancho del Descanso — The Ranch of Rest — Descanso Gardens is one of Southern California’s oldest botanical gardens. Previously a Spanish rancho and later the estate of publisher and horticulturist E. Manchester Boddy the 150 acres was granted to the people of Los Angeles County including one of the world’s finest collections of camellias and oaks. Marr’s garden images call to mind the long tradition of photographers who have responded creatively to the garden and its timeless appeal. Descanso Gardens is what Marr refers to as a “natural light box” and the result of his photographic explorations is what Getty curator Anne Lyden calls “lyrical and luminous.”

The lush panoramic images combined with essays on the significance of the garden’s plants and history make an elegant volume for photography and garden lovers alike.

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Dimensions 14 × 9 in
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Available in both Softcover & Hardcovers, 96 pages, Best Books Award Winner (USA Book News)

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978-1-890449-37-7

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