In the Sunshine of Neglect: Redlands and the Inland Empire in Photographs

Residents of Redlands know how beautiful their city is. Its historic buildings and sweeping landscapes offer the kind of views that people pay to see. Yet, for many people who aren’t familiar with Redlands and the Inland Empire, it’s easy to focus on the ocean views of California’s coastal cities and ignore the inland areas.

Now, a new book that features the collaborative effort of dozens of photographers seeks to change that. Entitled In the Sunshine of Neglect: Defining Photographs and Radical Experiments in Inland Southern California, 1950 to the Present, the book features stunning images of Redlands and other cities in the area.

A Stunning Array of Images

The new book, which has 274 pages, marks the first formal effort to document the stunning beauty and remarkable development of the Inland Empire. All told, there are 194 photographs taken by 54 different photographers.

Some of the photographs in the book are already and justifiably famous. Others are not as well known. What they all have in common is a dedication to revealing the visual truth of the Inland Empire, a part of California that hasn’t received as much attention as it should.

The title of the book is a nod to how little people outside of the area know about the Inland Empire. All told, the IE occupies 27,000 square miles and houses more than four million people. It’s an area that experienced explosive population growth in the last half of the 20th century. In fact, the Inland Empire grew by an average of 58.5% per decade from 1950 to 2000.

Photographs on Exhibit

While many Redlands residents may want to buy In the Sunshine of Neglect for their book collections, there will also be opportunities to see the original photographs in person.

Many of the photographs included in the book are in the permanent collections of museums across the United States. However, two local museums have borrowed them for a joint exhibition. From January 19th through April 28th, 2019, UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography and the Riverside Art Museum will house the photographs in a joint exhibition.

The exhibit kicked off with a free opening exhibition on January 19th at both venues. On an ongoing basis, tickets to UCR ARTS: California Museum of Photography are $6.00 for adults. Seniors, jurors, and military veterans pay only $3.00; and college students get in free with a school ID, as do children under the age of 12 when accompanied by a parent.

The Riverside Art Museum charges only $5.00 for general admission. Senior citizens and college students pay three dollars with ID. Military members and their families (with ID) and children under the age of 12 get in free. They also have a program that allows museum members to get free admission with membership.

The two museums are offering several events related to the exhibit as well, including roundtable discussions and a screening of short films. You can find more information here.


California’s iconic tourist locations might be photographed more frequently, but In the Sunshine of Neglect offers residents of Redlands and the Inland Empire a chance to celebrate their hometown and its sometimes-surprising beauties.



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