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The Open Road
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Historian David Campany is one of the best-known and most accessible writers on photography. He has published several books, among them Handful of Dust (2015), The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip (Aperture, 2014), Walker Evans: The Magazine Work (2013), and Photography and Cinema (2008). He contributes regularly to a range of publications, including Aperture and Oxford Art Journal.

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From shots of Mount Rushmore and the Pacific Coast Highway to glimpses of everyday life at roadside motels and pit stops, the photos highlight Americans' long-standing fascination with the road, as a window into both the country's cultural life--with the car window as a literal frame--and its pioneering attitude.--Alexandra Wolfe "The Wall Street Journal " Dedicated to the Great American Road Trip, Open Road considers road trip photography as a genre of it's own, and studies bodies of work that approach the expansive American landscape through car windows and camera lenses.--Phil Bicker "TIME Lightbox " David Campany's study of the great photographic odysseys across America reveals a country more diverse than ever. -The Guardian David Campany compiles a photographic boulevard of broken dreams running from the Swiss immigrant Robert Frank's nomadic portraits of 1950s stragglers to the sinister 21st century manipulations of the team Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, who document roads that exist only in some collective hallucination. -The New York Times LENS blog The vastness is also erotic--it's a void urban photographers and their subjects can disappear into. -The New York Times LENS blog By the end, you'll feel as if you've been in the passenger seat for a page-by-page road trip of a lifetime. -Los Angeles Times From shots of Mount Rushmore and the Pacific Coast Highway to glimpses of everyday life at roadside motels and pit stops, the photos highlight Americans' long-standing fascination with the road, as a window into both the country's cultural life--with the car window as a literal frame--and its pioneering attitude. - The Wall Street Journal David Campany s study of the great photographic odysseys across America reveals a country more diverse than ever. The Guardian David Campany compiles a photographic boulevard of broken dreams running from the Swiss immigrantRobert Frank s nomadic portraits of 1950s stragglers to the sinister 21st century manipulations of the team Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, who document roads that exist only in some collective hallucination. The New York Times LENS blog The vastness is also erotic it s a void urban photographers and their subjects can disappear into. The New York Times LENS blog By the end, you'll feel as if you've been in the passenger seat for a page-by-page road trip of a lifetime. Los Angeles Times From shots of Mount Rushmore and the Pacific Coast Highway to glimpses of everyday life at roadside motels and pit stops, the photos highlight Americans long-standing fascination with the road, as a window into both the country s cultural life with the car window as a literal frame and its pioneering attitude. The Wall Street Journal" David Campany s study of the great photographic odysseys across America reveals a country more diverse than ever. "The Guardian" David Campany compiles a photographic boulevard of broken dreams running from the Swiss immigrantRobert Frank s nomadic portraits of 1950s stragglers to the sinister 21st century manipulations of the team Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, who document roads that exist only in some collective hallucination. "The New York Times LENS" blog The vastness is also erotic it s a void urban photographers and their subjects can disappear into. "The New York Times LENS "blog By the end, you'll feel as if you've been in the passenger seat for a page-by-page road trip of a lifetime. "Los Angeles Times" From shots of Mount Rushmore and the Pacific Coast Highway to glimpses of everyday life at roadside motels and pit stops, the photos highlight Americans long-standing fascination with the road, as a window into both the country s cultural life with the car window as a literal frame and its pioneering attitude. "The Wall Street Journal" "

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