Kim Stringfellow Photographs and Papers
Twenty-five photographs from the project, Greetings from the Salton Sea, document the natural and built environment of the Salton Sea in California, 1998-2004. Images from the project appeared in her book, Greetings from the Salton Sea: Folly and Intervention in the Southern California Landscape, 1905-2005 (Santa Fe, New Mexico: Center for American Places, 2005). Images include views of settlements along the Salton Sea at Bombay Beach, Desert Shores, North Shore, Salton City, and Salton Sea Beach, as well as the nearby community of Niland and the mouth of the New River. Many photographs document abandoned buildings and vehicles as well as residents and visitors. A discrete group of three photographs include two portraits of Leonard Knight and a view of his visionary environment, Salvation Mountain, at Niland. Photographs of deceased wildlife in the area include a dead snow goose at the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge and a still life of a decaying tilapia carcass.
Twenty-five photographs from the project, Jackrabbit Homestead, explore the cultural legacy in the Morongo Basin region of Southern California in 2006 to 2009 of congressional legislation, An Act to Provide for the Purchase of Public Lands for Home and Other Sites (52 Stat. 609), also known as the Small Tract Act of 1938. The act allowed individuals to acquire small tract land property patents from the United States government for homesteads until the repeal of the act in 1976. Images from the project appeared in her book, Jackrabbit Homestead: Tracing the Small Tract Act in the Southern California Landscape, 1938-2008 (Chicago, Illinois: Center for American Places at Columbia College, 2009). Images include exterior and interior views of structures at abandoned homesteads identified by the United States land patent numbers and surnames of patentees. A group of discrete portraits show residents and artists from the region including Robert Bryan Arnett, Jeanette Susan Arnett, Christine Carraher, Eames Demetrios, Perry Hoffman, Thom Merrick, Sage Quinn-Blair, Ted Quinn, James Sibley, Laura Sibley, Doug Smith, Stephanie Smith, and Andrea Zittel.
Fifty photographs from the project, The Mojave Project, survey the physical, geological and cultural landscape of the Mojave Desert chiefly in California as well as portraits of residents and visitors to the area, 2014-2017. Views of sites in California include images at Antelope Valley, Death Valley National Park, Lucerne Valley, and Tecopa Hot Springs, as well as the communities of Adelanto, Amboy, Baker, Boron, Darwin, Joshua Tree, Lancaster, Landers, Mountain Pass, Needles, Randsburg, Shoshone, and Zzyzx. Single images document the ruins of the Llano Colony at Llano and an informal memorial to the slain McStay family at Victorville.
Activities documented in The Mojave Project include a group of photographs related to the gathering of pink halite and other minerals at Searles Lake by participants in the annual Gem-O-Rama field trip sponsored by the Searles Lake Gem and Mineral Society in October 2014, as well as a group of portraits of participants at the motor vehicle time trials of the Southern California Timing Association at El Mirage, California, in 2015, including Keturah Corbin, Jack Costella, Ralph Hudson, and Jennifer Kubo. Another discrete group of two images document the Rocketry Organization of California related to rocket launches at Lucerne Valley.
Portraits in The Mojave Project that document Mojave Desert residents include Barbara Durham and Pauline Esteves, members of the Death Valley Timbi-sha Shoshone Tribe; Drusilla Burns with her granddaughter Ashley Hemmers, members of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe of Arizona, California & Nevada; and residents of Darwin, including Monty Brannigan, Nancy Brannigan, Hal Newell, John Hamilton. Other portraits include the singer Donovan (full name Donovan Leitch) and his wife Linda Leitch, former residents of Joshua Tree, as well as Rock Novak of Ballarat, John Woodard of Adelanto, and Ed Solski, an instructor at the National Test Pilot School in Mojave. There is also a portrait of artist Marta Becket as well as an interior view of her Amargosa Opera House at Death Valley Junction.
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Kim Stringfellow (born 1963)
In her multimedia work, Stringfellow bridges cultural geography, public practice, and experimental documentary into creative, socially engaged transmedia experiences that combine writing, photography, audio, video, installation, mapping, and community engagement. She is particularly interested in the environmental repercussions of human presence and occupation within these spaces.
In addition to diverse publications and exhibitions, Stringfellow is the author of two books, Jackrabbit Homestead: Tracing the Small Tract Act in the Southern California Landscape, 1938-2008 (Chicago, Illinois: Center for American Places at Columbia College, 2009), and Jackrabbit Homestead: Tracing the Small Tract Act in the Southern California Landscape, 1938-2008 (Chicago, Illinois: Center for American Places at Columbia College, 2009).
- Adelanto (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Amargosa Opera House (Death Valley Junction, Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Amboy (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Antelope Valley (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Baker (San Bernardino County, Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Becket, Marta -- Portraits
- Bombay Beach (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Boron (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- California -- Pictorial works
- California, Southern -- Pictorial works
- Darwin (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Death Valley Junction (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Death Valley National Park (Calif. and Nev.) -- Pictorial works
- Death Valley Timbi-sha Shoshone Tribe -- Pictorial works
- Desert Shores (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Electronic records (digital records)
- Fort Mojave Indian Tribe of Arizona, California & Nevada -- Pictorial works
- Human ecology -- History -- California
- Human ecology -- History -- California, Southern
- Inkjet prints
- Joshua Tree (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Knight, Leonard, 1931-2014 -- Portraits
- Lancaster (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Land settlement -- California -- Morongo Valley -- History
- Landers (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Landscape photographs -- California -- Pictorial works
- Landscape photographs -- Movaje Desert -- Pictorial works
- Llano (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Llano Colony (Secular community) -- Pictorial works
- Lucerne Valley (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Mojave Desert -- Pictorial works
- Morongo Valley (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Mountain Pass (San Bernardino County, Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Needles (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Niland (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- North Shore (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Randsburg (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Salton City (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Salton Sea (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Salton Sea Beach (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Searles Lake (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Searles Lake Gem and Mineral Society -- Pictorial works
- Shoshone (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Southern California Timing Association -- Pictorial works
- Stringfellow, Kim, 1963-
- Stringfellow, Kim, 1963- (Greetings from the Salton Sea)
- Stringfellow, Kim, 1963- (Jackrabbit homestead)
- Tecopa Hot Springs (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Victorville (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Zzyzx (Calif.) -- Pictorial works
- Kim Stringfellow Photographs and Papers
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- by Matthew Daniel Mason
- June 2018
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