ARTIST SERIES

Amy Stein, Peri, Route 64, Kentucky
Peri, Route 64, Kentucky
Amy Stein, Steven, Route 10, Louisiana
Steven, Route 10, Louisiana
Amy Stein, Route 14, New Mexico
Route 14, New Mexico
Amy Stein, Cheerleaders, New Orleans, Louisiana
Cheerleaders, New Orleans, Louisiana
Amy Stein, Route 46, Louisiana
Route 46, Louisiana
Amy Stein, Route 84, Texas
Route 84, Texas
Amy Stein, Man Under Overpass, New Jersey Turnpike, New Jersey
Man Under Overpass, New Jersey Turnpike, New Jersey
Amy Stein, Man, Route 17, New York
Man, Route 17, New York
Amy Stein, Six Flags Park, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana
Six Flags Park, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana
Amy Stein, Car on Fire, Route 17, New York
Car on Fire, Route 17, New York
Amy Stein, Interstate 15, Nevada
Interstate 15, Nevada
Amy Stein, Mojave Desert
Mojave Desert
Amy Stein, Route 40, Missouri
Route 40, Missouri
Amy Stein, Mennonite, Route 76, Pennsylvania
Mennonite, Route 76, Pennsylvania
Amy Stein, Third Street, Memphis, Tennessee
Third Street, Memphis, Tennessee
Amy Stein, Gary, West Virginia
Gary, West Virginia
Amy Stein, Car Through Fence, Route 10
Car Through Fence, Route 10
Amy Stein, Three Prisoners, Route 65, Alabama
Three Prisoners, Route 65, Alabama

“Beginning with the government’s failed response to the flooding of New Orleans in 2005, the American people suffered through a series of devastating corruptions of their traditional structures of support. Stranded is a meditation on the despondence of the American psyche as this collapse of certainty left the country stuck in an unfamiliar space between distress and relief. In this series the car serves as both figurate symbol of American destiny and a literal representation of the personal breakdowns on the road to that promise. The images live in the road photography tradition of Robert Frank, Stephen Shore and Joel Sternfeld, but where they sought to capture the American experience through ‘the journey,’ my photographs seek to tell the story of this time through the journey interrupted.

“I have spent the past five plus years driving across America photographing stranded motorists. Finding subjects is a matter of chance and every encounter is tense because of the unusual circumstances of our interaction and the inherent danger of the roadside environment. Most of the photographs from this series can be found on a Google Map that documents my travels across the US.”

—Amy Stein

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