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"Right from the get-go, Laurie Brown got ahold of a BIG subject, which is why she has always needed the wide format that the panorama provides. Luckily, she took an introductory photo class in 1971 from the then obscure Lewis Baltz, who was about to become the seminal force behind the New Topographics movement that changed American landscape photography forever. Before, a modernist, formalist aesthetic had been in love with that landscape. Now, the two were at odds, and this made the photography even more complex and interesting. Brown began to look at the SoCal vistas in which she and Baltz had grown up in a new way. She saw that giant earthmovers were turning the virgin, rolling hills into an almost unrecognizable new tract-house landscape through a process called 'terraforming.' From then through 'Lake Las Vegas,' her vision has never blinked."
—Colin Westerbeck, Contributing Writer to Art in America and former Director of the California Museum of Photography

  "Laurie Brown's panoramic photographs of Las Vegas, Nevada, reveal lush green grass, artificial waterways, and tropical palm trees set against a stark, waterless desert landscape. For Brown, who has documented suburban spaces and the altered landscape for more than forty years, these easily overlooked peripheral areas—where vulnerable wilderness meets encroaching suburban sprawl—reveal the all-too-real paradoxes of life in the desert. Brown's engaging photographs ask us to consider how far Las Vegans will go to live in a place not intended for living and whether their desires to do so are, in the end, sustainable."
—Ann M. Wolfe, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Nevada Museum of Art and author of Suburban Escape: The Art of California Sprawl (2006) and The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment (2011)










"Las Vegas Periphery by photographer Laurie Brown with an essay by Sally Denton is not a book about the famous Sin City. This one is about "Views from the Edge," with beautiful, full-color photos printed one on each of the large-format pages of this lovely photography book. The essayist grew up in the area and tells the history of the growth of this area of Nevada, which had only about thirty homesteaders in 1905 when the first railroad reached there. In 1931, Nevada legalized gambling, and that set the stage for enormous growth. These photographs honor the part of this vast desert that was not victim of the huge city. The desert is both beautiful and unrelenting and could at any moment destroy the city. This is a book you will want to own if you travel or live there."
—Bonnie Neely, owner of Real Travel Adventures and book reviewer for Amazon

"Las Vegas, Nevada, is one of America's iconic cities. It is an artificial oasis in an American desert powered by the Hoover Dam and an American love of gambling. Enhanced with an informed and informative introductory essay by third-generation Nevada resident and investigative reporter Sally Denton, Las Vegas Periphery is a 96-page compendium showcasing the photographic talents of Laurie Brown. The full-color visual theme is the country surrounding the edges of the city of Las Vegas. Las Vegas Periphery would make a welcome and highly recommended addition to personal, professional, and academic library Photographic Studies reference collections."
—James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review

"Los Angeles–based photographer Laurie Brown likes to study what cities and surroundings look like as they fade into each other along the urban peripheries. Eighty–nine panoramic photos of the edges of Las Vegas are presented in this horizontal–format book (15.5" x 9.5"), along with an essay about Las Vegas by writer and third–generation Nevadan Sally Denton."
—Eithne O'Leyne, Editor, ProtoView, Ringgold, Inc.

"For all its swagger, for the raw presumptuousness of its money and machines, Las Vegas has a fragility and precariousness that is palpable. The city is the ground-zero crossroad where ancient landscape meets modern artifice. There is a sense that it could all blow away tomorrow. That the same forces that have ruled the desert since the beginning of time could swiftly reclaim these castles in the sand.
     I am a third-generation Nevadan, and my roots are deep in the Las Vegas Valley. I am descended from a long line of Western pioneers who understood that the desert challenges men and women in unique ways. In a land where water is everything, where everything competes for what little water exists, where rivers run into each other instead of into the sea, the challenges for survival happen every place, at every moment. From the spiky cactus and creosote bush that struggle for a scraggly survival to the vista teeming with wildflowers that suddenly appear after a cloudburst, the balance and harmony of the desert's fragile ecosystem is perpetually at work.
     For most people, the image of Las Vegas brings to mind neon lights and screaming jackpots, Mafia murders and high-stakes shenanigans. But, to my mind, Las Vegas conjures the arrestingly beautiful scenery captured by Laurie Brown and her incisive portrait of the colossal, often controversial, efforts to tame and transform it."
―Sally Denton, from her introduction, "Beyond the Strip"





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