Cecilia Díaz Betz

When the road becomes the muse that attracts all eyes, one has to stop and think about why it happens. Perhaps the marked symbolism of the word ‘path’ takes on its finest artistic expression when roads are involved, that’s perhaps why photographers continue to portray her curves, hidings, straight lines and other idiosyncrasies. But among all roads, American roads are the ones that have been photographed the most. Road Trips across the US are kind of addictive for restless minds. These unique and iconic photographic scenarios that have been portrayed in so many different moments by so many different eyes are finally grouped together on David Campany’s The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip.

“The Open Road is the first book that explores the photographic road trip as a genre”

Published by non-profit photo foundation Aperturethis is one of this season’s most awaited books. The Open Road: Photography and the American Road Trip is a fascinating journey along American roads through the eyes of some of the best photographers from 1900 to today, including Lee Freiedlander, Ryan McGinley o Todd Hido, hasta Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Victor Burgin, Alec Soth, Dorothea Lange, Vanessa Winship, Garry Winogrand and Margareth Bourk-White, among many others.

This is an essential book for lovers of American iconic photography as it captures the essence of road trips across the country. In the words of Aperture: The Open Road is the first book to explore the photographic road trip as a genre”.

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