It is my opinion that Tom Blachford’s new book, Midnight Modern: Palm Springs Under the Full Moon takes the iconic Palm Springs modernist architecture to an unsurpassable height. He photographs the familiar Kaufmann Desert House, as well Sinatra’s Twin Palm’s house along with many others.
Rather than bathed in sunshine, he uses moonlight to evoke an eerie and unfamiliar tone. Julius Shulman photographed modernist homes in the evening as well, but while he worked in black and white, Blachford uses color like Edward Hopper did with the brush.
Blachford gained access to the homes and was able to design set pieces like a filmmaker, using vintage cars as props and wet shiny roadways. I doubt they imagined their homes would look so pristine and beautiful. It would be well worth the trouble to have a print from Blachford’s book adorning the walls or picking up this book for your coffee table.