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A Road Trip Journal


I like this article from today’s Guardian about Stephen Shore’s photography book A Road Trip Journal, which is a personal record of 1970s Americana.

When Shore set off in 1972 he decided to make a photographic diary of the journey, to record “every meal I ate every person I met, every bed I slept in; every toilet I used; every town I drove through. I wanted to be visually aware as I went through the day.” The result was hundreds of snapshot-size glossy colour prints of the minutiae of ordinary life, which he exhibited in New York that same year in a show called American Surfaces. Although some of these pictures were published in other books, it was nearly 30 years before they were brought together in one book, under the same title.

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