George R. Stewart/U.S. Route 40 Rephotography
In 1953 George Stewart published photos shot along US 40. I am revisiting each of the scenes and documenting 60 years of change.
In 1953, George R. Stewart published U.S. 40: Cross Section of the United States, a landmark book about everyday life along the highway. The book contains 114 photographs and 92 interpretive essays. Scholars and writers have cited this work as influential to the study of road as a form of place.
I’ve been revisiting the scenes in this book for the past 35 years and since 2005 I have been documenting the changes that have occurred during the past 60 years. At each scene I have been shooting high resolution digital images, 35mm B&W negatives and chromes, and 360-degree virtual reality images. I am also shooting medium format B&W negatives and chromes using a camera that is an exact clone to the one used by Stewart. My goal is to have these images published in the first complete update to Stewart's original book.
This work is being coordinated with the George Stewart estate.
To date, I have footed the bill for the project. This Kickstarter request is for funding to complete the project and to prepare the materials for publication.
Below are sample photos from Frederick (MD), Marshall (IL), Blue Springs (MO), Grainfield (KS), Kremmling (CO), Skull Creek (CO), Wendover (UT), Golconda (NV) and Emigrant Gap (CA). For more information, go to my Route40.net web site.
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