Vanishing Vernacular: Western Landmarks –

Vanishing Vernacular: Western Landmarks Steve Fitch Is Among America S Most Well Known Chroniclers Of The American West Since The Days Of Easy Rider He Has Been Photographing Examples Of The West S Changing Vernacular Landscape And Vanishing Roadside Landmarks For Than Years In His New Book, He Presents Both The Ancient And The Modern By Way Of Petroglyphs, Neon Motel Signs And Hand Painted Business Signs, Drive In Movie Theater Screens, And Radio And Cell Towers All Of Them Are Now Endangered Because Of The Advent Of The Interstate Highway System And Corporate Franchises In This Fascinating And Comprehensive Account, We Are Able To Join In Fitch S Expansive Journey, Truly An Odyssey, As Represented In The Book S Unforgettable Photographs, All Sequenced To Mimic The Open Road Both During Day And Night Fitch Explains The Project In His Informative Introduction, In Which, Interestingly, He Suggests That The Petroglyphs Of The Ancient Pueblo People Have Endured Far Better And Longer Than Anything Made During The Last Sixty Years Curator Toby Jurovics, In His Insightful Concluding Essay, Positions Fitch S Work In Relation To That Of The Practitioners Of The Photographic Style Known As The New Topographics And Fitch S Own View Of Photography As A Visual Form Of Cultural Anthropology Vanishing Vernacular Western Landmarks Is Sure To Become A Modern Day Classic, A Book That Will Be All The Revered As America And Americans Move Farther Away From The Highways Of The Past That Economy And Roadside Culture Are Vanishing Like Endangered Species, But Fitch Was Along For The Ride In Sharing That Past, He Has Been Witness To His Own Form Of Historic Preservation

5 thoughts on “Vanishing Vernacular: Western Landmarks

  1. Michael Goulish Michael Goulish says:

    I knew I would like it pictures of the lost world that I remember from childhood, but I gave this as a gift to a young lady who was born quite a bit after most of that world was already lost and as she flipped through and started looking at the photographs, I thought she was going to cry It is now her favorite photo book ever Glad I found it looking for .Can we get that lost world back I thi

  2. Marc H. Marc H. says:

    a beautiful roadtriplots of these places are still aroundget off the interstate and see the countrylove Mr Fitch s photos and journey

  3. mark j krautheim mark j krautheim says:

    Great photos of disappearing American landscapes

  4. RDD RDD says:

    Just what I wanted.

  5. Robin Robin says:

    Steve Fitch has been roaming the Plains and far west for years searching for examples of vernacular commercialism before it disappears His first book Diesels and dinosaurs published in 1976 set the scene with fifty shots of what could be seen from the highway and this new book continues the theme with 127 color photos.It s an interesting journey with the photos of centuries old traveller way marks and rece

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