|Title||The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip|
The road trip is an enduring symbol in American culture. Ever since cars became widely available, the road stretching over the horizon has represented a sense of possibility and freedom, discovery and escape—a place to get lost and find yourself in the process. The American road trip has appeared prominently in literature, music, and movies, but it has had an especially powerful influence on photography. As photographers have embarked on trips across the United States with the express purpose of making work, they have created some of the most important photographs in the history of the medium: from nineteen photographers including Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Berenice Abbott to Robert Frank, Stephen Shore and Victor Burgin, Justine Kurland and Inge Morath.
Campany's book is a new history of postwar American photography that argues for road trip photography as a genre as significant and road literature and road movies, that can be seen as a vital critique of American mainstream ideology.
The Open Road won the $25000 prestigious Alice Award 2015 for the best work of illustrated art history.
Published in English, Spanish (En La Carreterra, pub. La Fabrica) and French (Road Trips, pub. Editions Textuel)
The book was accompanied by a major exhibition, curated by David Campany and Denise Wolff, that toured the United States:
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, Feb. 27, 2016 – May 30, 2016
Detroit Institute of Arts, June 17, 2016 – September 11, 2016
Amarillo Museum of Art, November 4, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, January 21 – May 7, 2017
Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, November 12, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Milwaukee Art Museum, mid-January – April 2018
Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA, May 25 – September 3, 2018
|Keywords||Photography Road Trip America|
|Publisher||Aperture Foundation, Inc.|
|Published in print||20 Oct 2014|
|Place of publication||New York, USA|
|Web address (URL)||http://aperture.org/shop/the-open-road/|