The car and the camera grew up together in the early 1900s and have shared each other’s influence ever since. As America went through and came out of the Great Depression, it became a country built by and for the automobile. Almost since the inception of the concept of a road trip, cameras have been there to document the sights of nature and humanity one may uncover while on the open road.
David Campany’s The Open Road takes a look at this art form in all of its permutations. After Campany’s introduction to the combined history of photography and driving, eighteen chapters chronologically look at some of the field of photography’s greatest artists; from Robert Frank in the 1950s to Ryan McGinley or Justine Kurland today.
The pictures within are instantly relatable and often poignant, showing a type of life that may no longer exist in the same fashion as it was captured.
The Open Road fills you with a desire to journey out yourself and see America and its people how they really are. And maybe take a few pictures along the way.
The Open Road
by David Campany
Call # 770 C151o