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Imperial by William T Vollman is a book of photographs published by Powerhouse, 2009.
Hardcover, 224pp. B&W
10.5" x 12.75"
Named for the corporation that brought it to life - the Imperial Valley and its surrounding regions (including Coachella and Mexicali) and the people who live there - are the subjects of the latest work by acclaimed author and now published photographer William T. Vollmann (who will release an epic nonfiction book about the area with Viking in 2009). “It’s an incredible area, teeming with secrets and the tension of the border,” says Vollmann of his first pictorial work. “It’s that tension that gives the place its meaning." Imperial is a study of a people and place on the margins, familiar territory for its author. Through his exploration, Vollmann uncovers the people and their struggles, which have been so easily pushed aside. It’s a photographic portrait of the Valley’s last decade, in which Vollmann’s pictures provide a visual identity to those who call it home. They have suffered and flourished amidst a landscape that is both breathtaking and heartbreaking, alluring and repelling."