Earth to Gold

This book is a synthesis of the Iranian architect Nader Khalili’s story and life work, Cal-Earth, and my own family’s history of immigration from Iran. Nader Khalili loved the poetry of Persian mystic Rumi, much of which he translated into English. Rumi’s work largely focuses on humanity and the elements of Earth, Water, Air, and Fire, which directly connects to Khalili’s sustainable earth architecture. Khalili draws elements from classical ancient persian architecture, such as the dome and the arch, preserving old custom with new technology.

I created this book for my Word & Image class at UCLA Design Media Arts, a class focusing on landscape photography and story-telling through word and image. Cal-Earth was my site of choice and I studied the social and environmental aspects of the site. All photographs were taken by me, both digitally and on film, with the exception of my family photos. I printed the book on inkjet, on special Japanese washi paper, and bound it Japanese style with red linen binding thread.

A PDF of the book can be found here

ELANA SASSON

ELANA SASSON

ELANA SASSON

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