It is no secret to many of you that I have been both photographing and writing books on architecture and design for the last few years. My first book was California Cool: Residential Modernism Reborn, now in its second printing. Since then, I have written, photographed, produced or played a significant creative role in five books. They are all published by Images Publishing in Melbourne and have worldwide distribution. All of these books are in print and can be purchased directly through ImagesPublishing.com or Amazon.com. They are also at select book retailers.
California Cool: Residential Modernism Reborn is now out in a revised edition. It is a great collection of dramatic Modern houses from all over California created by the state’s most innovative architects. This book is quite popular and has been selected by a high-end retailer for national distribution in their stores.
The Modern California Beach House is a monograph on the work of Studio 9one2 in Manhattan Beach. This book is essentially a record of the residential work of one of Los Angeles’ most creative architects, Patrick John Killen. The book spans twenty years of exceptional, cutting edge design in some of America’s most forward looking seaside communities. I had the honor of photographing some of the projects and writing the entire book. Killen is both a great guy and a terrific architect.
Houses + Origins is a book about the work of David Stark Wilson, architect, mountain climber, photographer, and intellect. Wilson has a facile mind and a lust for adventure. A few years back he created a photographic book documenting his ascent of every mountain in California above 14000′ aptly named Above 14000. In Houses + Origins Wilson pares his design work with his dramatic photographs of the environment. It is a novel approach to design, but the book is a gorgeous integration of architecture and nature. I wrote the foreword and photographed the cover and several of the houses for Wilson.
A Lyric Architecture is a monograph devoted to the work of the classicist architect John Malick. In both institutional and residential work, Malick’s eclectic projects recreate a Nineteenth Century sense of stability and permanence. Malick has the good fortune of working for affluent clients with substantial budgets. Each of his projects is meticulously designed down to the tile patterns in the kitchens and baths. I had the good fortune of photographing six projects for the book and editing the work of five other photographers.
Rural Modern is a nationwide anthology of modern residential architects whose work is more regional and craftsman inspired. With the exception of the Northeast, the book includes houses from every region of the country and has both well known, established firms, and smaller, undiscovered architects from around the U.S. I had complete editorial control on this book, writing all of it and photographing over half of the projects. I was pleased to be able to work with a handful of great photographers from around the country who kindly contributed their work to complete the book. In the process of creating this book, I met and photographed the work of some truly great architects scattered around the country in unlikely places. It was a great experience.