Synopses & Reviews
Art. Photography. Using a large-format view camera, David Stark Wilson elevates the architecturally underappreciated utility buildings that dot California's great Central Valley. In both words and pictures, Wilson captures the disquietingly abandoned landscape that, neither "cultural" nor "natural" has, nonetheless, much of the beauty and consequence of both, though it is, like these buildings, an industrial ruin, still in use.
A documentary photography collection highlighting the unexpected beauty, the austere design aspects, and the extraordinary presence and functionality of agricultural structures in the Central Valley, to include: packing sheds, grain silos, wooden tank house outbuildings, and mine elevators. The book features over 75 duotone photographs and approximately 10,000 words of text.
About the Author
David Stark Wilson, born in Berkeley, California, is an award-winning building designer and has been a photographer since the age of seventeen. He is the author of Structures of Utility, published by Heyday in 2003. An avid mountaineer, he began to photograph mountain landscapes at an early age. He lives in Berkeley with his wife, Stacia Cronin, and children, Chase and Kai.