The Weather and a Place to Live. Photographs of the Suburban West. By Steven B. Smith, essay by Maria Morris Hambourg. Duke University Press, 2005. 128 pp., illustrated throughout, 10x9". Images from here.
"In compelling, often stunning black-and-white photographs, 'The Weather and a Place to Live' portrays the manmade landscape of the western United States.
Here we come face to face with the surreal intersection of the American appetite for suburban development and the resistant, rolling, arid country of the desert West. Steven B. Smith’s extraordinary photographs take us into the contemporary reality of sprawling suburbs reconfiguring what was once vast, unpopulated territory.
With arresting concision and an unblinking eye, Smith shows how a new frontier is being won, and suggests too how it may be lost in its very emergence."