Marfa, Texas has become somewhat of an unlikely must-visit destination. A small town (it has a population of less than 2,000) perched in the high desert of the Trans-Pecos, the last few decades have seen the once-railroad water stop become a minimalist art hub and cultural phenomenon.
Marfa’s transformation began in 1971, when New York-based artist Donald Judd moved to the town, acquired an old military base and filled it with large minimalist art installations – now signature pieces of the landscape. Other minimalist artists soon joined Judd – Dan Flavin, John Chamberlain, John Wesley, Roni Horn and Ilya Kabakov among them – and the town got a new identity; one of cutting-edge new culture and an art destination to rival the best of them.
Writers, creative types, cutting-edge hotels and ambitious restaurants followed, making this once-unknown outpost in the desert fashionable – just think of the Prada, Marfa installation; the faux Prada boutique created in 2005 by artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Gragset, and you’ll realise the status this town now holds.
A few years ago, photography husband-and-wife duo Caroline and Jayden Lee (aka Woodnote Photography) captured the essence of Marfa, from the famous Food Shark food truck and typical Mexican-inspired buildings of the area, to the abandoned mid-century truck stops and the aforementioned Prada boutique. Take a look at their photographs below, and then start planning your trip.
To see more of their work, visit the Woodnote Photography website.
Words by Angharad Jones. Images property of Woodnote Photography