James Schnepf

Exquisite Modernism Photography of

Palm Springs Icons -- human and home.

From James Schnepf:

The Palm Springs Project took root as I was beginning a new relationship with the desert in 2010.  With the purchase of a 1959 William Krisel designed home, curiosity began to get the best of me, as I began exploring the desert architecture, landscape and its people.  As a people photographer I began to question...“Who lives in that house? Who is the person that designed that house?”


The camera has always acted as my passport into other worlds and a wonderful learning tool.  Simply put, I wanted to meet the modernists that lived behind the decorative screen block.  I went to work.


Over the course of the four year project I photographed over fifty architecturally significant homes, owners and original architects that have lovingly nurtured these homes. 


My camera has also captured a few of today’s contemporary desert architects who stand on the shoulders of the pioneers, as well as the region’s vast blend of artists, preservationists, revivalists, members of the old guard and the assorted cast of characters who make up the new Palm Springs renaissance.   


I hope you will enjoy exploring this fascinating world and its people as much as I’ve enjoyed discovering it.