An Urban Oasis Revealed

Warren Marr, David Brown, Robert Smaus, Anne Lyden

     14 × 9 in (35.6 × 22.9 cm)
96 pages
80 color illustrations
Publication date: 4/1/2007
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781890449407

Descanso Gardens is one of Los Angeles's oldest botanical gardens. Initially a Spanish rancho and later the estate of publisher and horticulturist E. Manchester Boddy, the 160-acre lot was granted to the people of Los Angeles and includes one of the world's finest collections of camellias and oaks. Warren Marr is part of a long tradition of photographers who have responded creatively to the garden and its timeless appeal. His photographic explorations of what he refers to as a "natural light box" have been called "lyrical and luminous" by Getty Museum curator Anne Lyden. Marr's lush panoramic images combined with essays on the significance of the garden plants and history make Descanso an elegant volume for photography and garden lovers.

Warren Marr's aesthetic and technical mastery of eloquently expressive panoramic images has gained him a worldwide reputation. Marr's work has been exhibited at many prestigious galleries and has been published in numerous books and periodicals. His prints are included in the permanent collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. Born in Monterey, California, he is a fifth generation Californian. He lives with his wife in Southern California on a hill with panoramic views.

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