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Salt Dreams

by Jimmy and Dena Katz

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ISBN: 9781576873168

by Jimmy and Dena Katz
Texts by Vicki Goldberg and Francis Davis

Photography / Hotrods
Hardcover
12.75 x 10.25 inches
108 pages
60 four-color photographs
ISBN: 978-1-57687-316-8

by Jimmy and Dena Katz
Texts by Vicki Goldberg and Francis Davis

Photography / Hotrods
Hardcover
12.75 x 10.25 inches
108 pages
60 four-color photographs
ISBN: 978-1-57687-316-8

Leaving the bustle of the music scene of New York City, where they now live and work, photographers Jimmy and Dena Katz headed out West to make a personal landscape project in and around the Salt Flats of northern Utah. Standing on the shore of the Great Salt Lake with a stark, almost surreal view stretching ahead, they came upon a trio of plastic pink flamingoes abandoned in the water. Inspired by the odd juxtaposition of the timeless and transient, they circled the lake seeking other such moments, and then pushed on to the flats. Again and again they discovered human possessions and personal obsessions flung onto the salt surface against undulating mountains and boundless sky. They became intrigued by the inventors who, with their hand-built hotrods, racecars, and rockets, participate in the annual rituals and races on the Salt Flats—making their own statement in the landscape. The photographs of people and objects that the Katz’s encountered are collected for the first time in Salt Dreams, an ironic and haunting comment on the audacity and fragility of human dreams, and a new dream itself.

Born in New York City, photographer Jimmy Katz spent more than a decade based in Utah as a mountaineer and Nordic skier, photographing the desert and mountainous terrain. He often contributed photographs and articles to climbing publications about his expeditions and first-ski descents in remote areas of the world. Back in New York, he established himself as a well-known music photographer, shooting over 250 recording projects and more than 60 Jazz magazine covers. Although he lives in New York City, Katz is still closely connected to the American West, where he often finds inspiration for his personal projects.

Dena Katz was born and educated in Moscow, in the former Soviet Union. She met Jimmy Katz during his expedition to the Soviet Pamir, and the relationship developed after she had climbed the highest peak in Europe. Shortly thereafter, she moved to the United States and pursued post-graduate work in East Asian Studies at Columbia University. She has been a conceptualist and collaborator with Jimmy Katz on a number of photographic projects.

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