Another one from John Schott, this time from the series Mobile Homes 1975-1976 portfolio. Schott already published a selection of photographs from the Route 66 Motels series with Nazraeli Press in 2013 and it seems they are all set to publish another book for Mobile Homes in 2016. It’s hard to tell from Schott’s website exactly but this work appears to come from the California Mobile Architecture 1975-1976 project which Schott embarked on just after his Route 66 trip. Apparently approximately 20 million people currently live in mobile homes, or trailers, in America. South Carolina and Mexico top the charts with over 15% of residents living in this type of accommodation. The work ‘mobile’ of course is misleading, most mobile homes have no real mobility beyond the ease in which they can be manufactured and installed on site. Schott’s mobile home is definitely a permanent fixed abode with trees and shrubs landscaped around it. The home’s aspect on the end of the row means the asphalt of the road curves around it and in the black and white image you can feel the heat and a stark white light melting the pavements, beating down on the mountains in the distance. This is a world where living happens but nothing seems to be alive.
Los Angeles Classic Photographs is open 20th/31st January at Bonhams LA, Sunset Boulevard
Running parallel to the fair proper there is a whole programme of talks, tours and photographic book singing/launches. Click here for the full programme.