The first of its kind. Features over 500 images of rare and spectacular cacti found in their natural habitats. Photos taken by a global cadre of obsessed cactus aficionados, during expeditions of the last 80 years. These images, resurrected from dusty slide carousels and forgotten hard drives, constitute a new collective body of work — a new genre of book, even. Neither field guide nor taxonomy nor traditional photo book. Rather, Xerophile mines the space between art and science, and serves as monument to improbable plants, their inhospitable environments, and the dedicated few whom spent a lifetime tracking them down. With interviews from select contributors. Compiled by proprietors of the Cactus Store in Los Angeles, USA. 352 pages. Published by Hat & Beard Press.
10" l x 7.25" w
Established in 2014 by Max Martin, Carlos Morera, Christian Cummings, Jeff Kaplon and "Uncle" Johnny Morera, the Cactus Store (aka Hot Cactus in Los Angeles and NYC, USA) specializes in rare and unusual cacti and succulents, as well as desert garden landscaping services. Xerophile celebrates the extensive and unique community of cacti growers, collectors, researchers and enthusiasts, of which the Cactus Store is a part.