Joaquin Palting

Joaquin Palting is a contemporary artist based in Los Angeles, California. He is known foremost for his conceptual storytelling. His work has been exhibited internationally and has appeared in numerous esteemed publications including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and The New York Times. Joaquin is currently an MFA Candidate at the University of California, Irvine.


The photographs in Origin[Redux] depict a Los Angeles that you’ve never seen. Just beyond the facade of Hollywood, ensnared by serpentine freeways, exists a state of primitiveness…of wildness.

Origin[Redux] invites the viewer to participate in fantasy. The imagery constructs a speculative fiction that explores what the geography of greater Los Angeles will look like once humans no longer inhabit the land. Gone are the skyscrapers, billboards, and other evidence of Western opulence. In their place, natural elements reemerge: textured geology, rugged foothills, lush primordial vegetation, and a vast hypnotic ocean.

In addition to the photographs the book project will also include a short story of speculative fiction which details the story of a solitary soul who returns to earth in a non human form.

To view more of Joaquin Palting’s work please visit his website.