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THE LAST STOP: VANISHING REST STOPS OF THE AMERICAN ROADSIDE -- PHOTOGRAPHS BY RYANN FORD. PowerHouse Books, Brooklyn, 2016. Distributed by Penguin Random House LLC, New York. 176 pp. with 102 ills. (91 col.). 31 x 26 cm. LC 2015-960617 ISBN 9781576877913 In English.
Publisher's description: The Last Stop does far more than capture the remarkable, effective design of our nation's road stops. It preserves a moment in time that is quickly fading, a unique period in the American travel experience when the journey was just as important as the destination. It's clear these modest structures did far more than provide picnic tables, they shaped our collective experience of golden-age car travel across the vast United States. While driving in 2007 on a solo road trip from California to central Texas, photographer Ryann Ford was struck by a recurring sight: humble, solitary rest stops. A nondescript blur outside the car window to most, the quirky rest stops on Ford's journey seized her attention - mock adobe dwellings in New Mexico, depression-era stone houses in Arizona, faux oil rigs in Texas. What was the story behind these playful pieces of Americana? After doing some research, Ford was alarmed to learn that these rest areas were currently being closed and demolished all over the country. With countless commercial options at nearly every highway exit, and states needing to cut expenses, many felt that these old rest stops were no longer necessary.
Artist(s):Ford, Ryann
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-2000 — Photography — Women Artists
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 170883
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