The road trip is a permanent symbol in American culture. The open road represents a feeling of possibility and freedom, discovery and escape – a place where you can get lost and find yourself again. Stephen Shore wrote: “Our country is made for long trips. Since the 1940s, the dream of a road trip and the feeling of possibility and freedom that it represents has had its own important place in our culture. “
This myth of the western border had long occupied artists. Over the decades, more and more photographers have traveled the country, attracted by its vastness and the opportunity to think about place, time and self. Here is our selection of the pioneering road trip photo books .
Editor's Tip: The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip by David Campany
The dream of Road trip and the feeling of possibility and freedom that it represents has taken its own important place in American culture. Many photographers intentionally traveled across the United States to create work, including Robert Frank, whose pioneering road trip led to The Americans. The Open Road regards the photographic road trip as a genre in itself and presents the story of photographers for whom the American street is a muse. The book contains David Campany's introduction to the genre and 18 chronologically presented chapters, each of which deepens an American road trip using a portfolio of images and informative texts. This volume highlights some of the most important works that have been done on the street by the Americans to date.
Selected image: Mike Brodie, period of youthful prosperity.