Las Vegas Periphery: Views from the Edge, by Laurie Brown and Sally Denton

  • “Avanti” Apartments, Northwest Las Vegas, 2009.

    Laurie Brown courtesy of George F. Thompson Publishing
  • Clubhouse on the edge, Lake Las Vegas, 2002.

    Laurie Brown courtesy of George F. Thompson Publishing
  • Living near the golf greens, Lake Las Vegas, 2003

    Laurie Brown courtesy of George F. Thompson Publishing
  • Fairmaid Way, looking northwest, West Las Vegas 2007.

    Laurie Brown courtesy of George F. Thompson Publishing
  • Desert Green, Lake Las Vegas, 2004.

    Laurie Brown courtesy of George F. Thompson Publishing
 

Las Vegas Periphery: Views from the Edge
Photographs by Laurie Brown, essay by Sally Denton,
96 pages, hardcover:
$60.
George F. Thompson Publishing, 2013

At the edge of cities, development and nature collide. That juxtaposition has always fascinated photographer Laurie Brown, and she explores it fully in Las Vegas Periphery. Focusing on a city that symbolizes extravagant excess, she depicts the contrast between the austerely gorgeous Mojave Desert and the houses, golf courses and highways that intrude on it. An essay by Nevada writer Sally Denton introduces the incisive images of this "ground-zero crossroad where ancient landscape meets modern artifice."