summer 2005, 10.5" x 8.5", 96 pages, 70 photographs

ISBN: 0972854452

The Edge of Air Paperback


The Edge of Air, a ninety-six-page book presenting the photographs of The Legacy Project, which consists of six Southern California photographers: Jerry Burchfield, Mark Chamberlain, Jacques Garnier, Robert Johnson, Douglas McCulloh, and Clayton Spada. This extensive documentation project, which began in April 2002 and chronicles the controversial shuttered Marine Corps Air Station El Toro located in the heart of Orange County, California on the eve of its transformation into one of the nation's largest metropolitan parks, the Orange County Great Park.

by The Legacy Project

The book marks the end of an era and the beginning of a new phase for The Legacy Project, which is committed to continue photographing this extraordinary development in the history of Southern California over the next decade.

The elegant and haunting color photographs of The Legacy Project show the fragile beauty of decay and abandonment throughout a once thriving military city. Each artist has brought personal aesthetics to bear in what has the potential to be one of the most comprehensive and extensive photographic documentations ever made. As James Scarborough writes in his essay: "The Legacy Project with prescience and vision, seized upon a unique opportunity to reveal in stark detail a transition-in-progress, a transition of immense historical and future significance for the region, for the state, and for the country."

Edited by Jerry Burchfield With a foreword by The Great Park Conservancy and essays by Mark Johnstone and James Scarborough. Published in Association with the Irvine Fine Arts Center. 96 p., 50 color plates. 8-1/2 X 10-1/2, 2005


“... a photographic archive that would document not only the vacancy of a once vibrant place, but also a unique historical phenomenon in transition.”

Coast Magazine - June 2005
The Edge of Air - Coast Magazine Review .pdf

“Soon what had initially started a brief forays into a previously forbidden realm, evolved into a major exploration and we (The Legacy Project) were amassing a wonderful collection of intriguing photographs.”

The Laguna Beach Independent - April 8, 2005

The Edge of Air - Laguna Beach Independent Review.pdf

“The Legacy Project treads a line between documentarian and artist...”

Jerry Burchfield, Irvine World News Connections - June 9, 2005

The Edge of Air - Irvine WorldNews Connections Review.pdf