Midnight Modern brings into focus a view of Palm Springs and its internationally-renowned modernist houses as they've never been shown before, entirely by the light of the full moon. Shot over the course of three years by Australian photographer Tom Blachford, the surreal images function as portals in time, with the homes, cars and beautiful scenery appearing almost exactly as it all did 60 years ago.
Tom Blachford's photography has a way of connecting the familiar with the surreal, rendering functional, man-made structures into strange and beautiful dreams. Based in Melbourne, Australia, his fascination with texture and shape made for a natural transition into the world of architecture. Blachford's work has been featured in Domus, Wired, Curbed, Dwell, Vogue and Wallpaper*. Chris Menrad, a Southern California native, was drawn to Palm Springs in 1999 by its abundance of modernist architecture. He is a founding board member of the Palm Springs Modern Committee, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Desert Modern architecture, and a real estate agent specializing in architectural properties in the Coachella Valley. He lives in a Krisel-designed home, which was the first Palm Springs' Class One historic Krisel/Alexander-built house.
"A surreal ode to the California desert oasis of Palm Springs and its cache of pristine modernist architecture." --Architectural Digest "For many (our editorial staff included) it was love at first sight." --Cool Hunting
"Tom Blachford's noirish images highlight the mystery and beauty of desert architecture." --Curbed
"This collection of richly colored photographs, taken by moonlight, is lled with darkly glamorous, low-slung buildings; 1950s cars sit on their drives, waiting to take their residents on to the next cocktail." --Newsweek
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"A surreal ode to the California desert oasis of Palm Springs and its cache of pristine modernist architecture." --Architectural Digest "Tom Blachford's noirish images highlight the mystery and beauty of desert architecture"
Midnight Modern brings into focus a view of Palm Springs and its internationally renowned modernist houses never before shown, shot entirely by the light of the full moon.