Before Elvis there was nothing
50 years after Robert Frank’s The Americans, the German photographer André Lützen sets off on his own odyssey through everyday life in America. His road movie takes us from Colorado to Mississippi, from the desert to subtropical climes – always carefully bypassing Hollywood.
NO DIRECTION HOME
Andrej Krementschouk portrays his Russian homeland where he is not at home anymore. In haunting images he asks the ever-pertinent question of what is remembered and what is lost, seeking evidence of emotional rootedness and cultural identity:
Earlier this year, Andrew Phelps was comissioned to take photographs in Japan’s Niigata Prefecture for the »European Eyes on Japan Festival.« The volume Not Niigata presents the artist’s selection from the hundreds of images he brought back from his trip.
We travel, we see a monument, we take a picture. Framing sites of mass tourism in our viewfinders, we create photographic souvenirs that are integral to the touristic experience. Conducting keyword searches of famed monuments in photo sharing web sites, Swiss /French artist Corinne Vionnet culled thousands of tourists’ snapshots for her series Photo Opportunities.
Till the Cows Come Home
It still exists: the small family farm with its own traditions, but it is threatened with extinction. In rural communities and at county fairs across the USA, one can still find it. Dan Nelken, in his portraiture, has recorded the essence of these time-honored ways of living and working.