Mid-century parking lots by Dan Chavkin


Dan Chavkin studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Upon graduating, he moved to New York City to begin his career as a professional photographer, shooting celebrity portraiture. Returning to Los Angeles, his photographic work consisted of human-interest stories for numerous national publications as well as advertising campaigns.

It wasn’t until the summer of 2008 that he discovered, upon a trip to Palm Springs, the wealth of mid-century modern architecture that exists in the same desert city he had visited numerous times as a child. Inspired by the architecture and its relation to the desert landscape, he immediately shifted his photography to architecture and subsequently began photographing most the many examples of mid-century modern architecture in Palm Springs and throughout Coachella Valley.

All photos © Dan Chavkin