Photography by Warren Marr DESCANSO: An Urban Oasis Revealed
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Marr’s photographs offer many familiar views of the site but it is perhaps in the less familiar scenes, those seemingly looking off the paved pathways that do not include furniture or elements of artifice but instead present the gardens in their most natural state, that one begins to understand the words of Sir Walter Scott: “Nothing is more completely the child of art than a garden.” — Anne M. Lyden is Associate Curator of Photographs at The J. Paul Getty Museum
Rancho del Descanso—The Ranch of Rest—Descanso Gardens is one of Los Angeles’ oldest botanical gardens. Previously a Spanish rancho and later the estate of publisher and horticulturist E. Manchester Boddy the 160-acres was granted to the people of Los Angeles county including one of the world’s finest collections of camellias and oaks.
Marr’s garden images called to mind the long tradition of photographers who have responded creatively to the garden and its timeless appeal. Descanso Gardens is what Marr refers to as a “natural light box” and the result of his photographic explorations is what Getty curator Anne Lyden calls “lyrical and luminous.”
The lush panoramic images combined with essays on the significance of the Gardens’ plants and history make an elegant volume for photography and garden lovers.
THE PHOTOGRAPHER - Warren Marr's aesthetic and technical mastery of eloquently expressive panoramic images has gained him a worldwide reputation. Warren Marr's work has been exhibited at many prestigious galleries and has been published in numerous books and periodicals. His prints are included in the permanent collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Warren Marr studied photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. Born in Monterey, California, he is a fifth generation Californian. He lives with his wife in Southern California on a hill with panoramic views.