© Robert Dawson To Zzyzx , US15, Mojave Freeway

© Robert Dawson The Oasis

© Robert Dawson Desert Studies Center

© Robert Dawson Overview

Zzyzx Desert Workshop with Robert Dawson

Monday, March 20th - Friday, March 24th, 2017

includes  lodging in dormitory style rooms.  

An Optional meal plan is available from the DSC                                       @ $39/day for 3 meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner.


Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx, California




In over thirty years of teaching photography workshops the most enjoyable place for me has been the Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx, CA. During the summer it is one of the driest and hottest places on earth. However, during the spring it is a delightful true desert oasis. The radio evangelist/con artist Curtis Springer gave the made-up name Zzyzx to the area that he illegally obtained in 1944, claiming it to be the last word in the English language. But the real interest in Zzyzx is not its colorful beginning but its unique environment.  We will visit many outstanding sites including the Mojave National Preserve, the Granite Mountains, the Kelso Dunes and the World Famous Bun Boy (home of the World’s Tallest Thermometer).    A splendid time is guaranteed for all. 

Gather by 5pm Monday. Workshop ends Noon Friday. 

Where in the world is Zzyzx???


About the Desert Studies Center

The Desert Studies Center provides the opportunity for individuals and groups to conduct research, receive instruction, and experience the desert environment. Established in 1976 under a cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Land Management, the Center is operated for the CSU by the California Desert Studies Consortium, an organization of seven southern California CSU campuses: Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Pomona and San Bernardino. With the passage of the California Desert Protection Act of 1994, the Desert Studies Center was placed into the Mojave National Preserve, and the National Park Service became our federal partner with the signing of a new cooperative agreement.




Mr. Dawson's work has been recognized by a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Creative Work Fund grant, a Graham Foundation grant, a National Endowment For the Arts Fellowship and by a Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize. His books include Robert Dawson Photographs (1988); The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland (University of California Press, 1993); Farewell, Promised Land: Waking From the California Dream (UC Press, 1999) and A Doubtful River  (University of Nevada Press, 2000).  His latest book is The Public Library: A Photographic Essay (Princeton Architectural Press, 2014). He is founder and co-director of the Water in the West Project. Mr. Dawson's photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian Institution); and the Library of Congress. He recently retired from being an Instructor of Photography at San Jose State University since 1986. He has been an Instructor of Photography at Stanford University since 1996.


Click here to see Robert Dawson's Website and more images


Robert Dawson's photographs:

© Robert Dawson Kelso Dunes Near Zzyzx (triptych)

© Robert Dawson Afton Canyon

Tulare County Free Library from the Public Library project

© Robert Dawson  Hole in the Wall

Branch Library, Family Dollar and Super Bingo, Abilene, Texas from the Public Library project

© Robert Dawson Dunes

                                                                                              Athenaeum Library, St. Johnsbury, VT  from the          Public Library project

Flooded Salt Air Pavilion, Great Salt Lake, UT from the Water in the West Project

Private Property, Lake Tahoe from the                        Water in the West Project

Japanese Bridge, Iceland (diptych) from the               Global Water project

Reading Room triptych, Folger Shakespeare Library project

To see more of Robert Dawson's Work visit   http://www.robertdawson.com/