A New American Picture by Doug Rickard (OOP)
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Publisher: White Press
Edition: 50 copies, handmade
Partially inspired by Walker Evans' American Photographs Doug Rickard explores the backroads of America through the convenience of his computer screen. By using Google street view to revisit places he had personally visited and other locations that simply intrigued him, such as Detroit and Amite City, Louisiana. Rickard spent two years virtually walking through the outskirts of cities, large barren areas with obvious signs of poverty. The photographs all share a muted palette with sections of vivid colour, the strength of the compositions makes it hard to believe they were all originally captured so inadvertently by a Google street car. Originally printed in a small edition of two hundred and fifty by White Press this book was republished this year by Aperture and Koenig in a larger edition and containing more images.