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

Work by Amy Stein

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