Road Trip

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Stephen Shore, Presidio, Texas, February 21, 1975 (2007.30.2)

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Lewis Baltz, Park City, interior, I, 1979 (863.1986)

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William Christenberry, The Bar-B-Q Inn, Greensboro, Alabama, 1977 (2010.23.2)

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William Eggleston, Memphis, ca. 1972 (226.2003)

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Lee Friedlander, Kansas City, 1965 (644.1984)

The road trip has been closely intertwined with the history of photography, especially in the United States. Given the fact that a large number of people had access to both the Model-T and the Brownie around the same time makes this an unsurprising statement. The road trip has even become a mode of working, a medium in itself. The desire for discovery and adventure plays a big role in the development of this form. Countless photographers have used this as strategy for making their work, perhaps unaware of the primordial relationship between the car and the camera. Both are machines born out of the hand of mankind, tools we have created to help us see the world, to get to know it. The most important discovery though, is that one that happens throughout the journey, first in the photographer, as he moves and navigates time and place, and then in the spectator, who goes on his or her own journey while looking at the pictures.

Xavier Luján, ICP-Bard 2014

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