Palm Springs eternal in a new Robert Doisneau book

Thanks to the Coachella festival, the environs of Palm Springs in California have become a little more young and hip of late — but back in 1960 it was the destination for Hollywood's wealthy retirees to congregate and convalesce. It was also where, in that same year, French photographer Robert Doisneau, more famous for his Parisian scenes, was sent by Fortune magazine.

A series of 23 photographs were printed at the time, documenting what Doisneau described in a letter as Palm Springs' "verdigris facades, orange-coloured rooftops, and lilac-coloured palm trees" and its "ceaselessly blue sky". The book includes many more — of the golf courses, the swimming pools, the car parks, and of course the people, with their cinched waists, fur coats and polyester slacks. It's a careful, colourful document of a glamorous age when the living was easy (and Californians still had wrinkles).

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Palm Springs 1960 by Robert Doisneau (Flammarion) is out now

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