Las Vegas Periphery, Views from the Edge
Photographs by Laurie Brown

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.

Laurie Brown, Hotel at Man-Made Lake Las Vegas, 2003. Lightjet print, 9 ½ x 29 inches. Collection of the Nevada Museum of Art, The Altered Landscape, Carol Franc Buck Collection.