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This Doug Rickard limited-edition box set includes a signed and numbered copy of the artist’s monograph A New American Picture (Aperture, 2012) and a pigment-ink print from the book presented in a clothbound case.
Doug Rickard’s A New American Picture offers a startling and fresh perspective on American street photography. All of the images are appropriated from Google Street View; over a period of two years, Rickard took advantage of the technology platform’s comprehensive image archive to virtually drive the unseen and overlooked roads of America, bleak places that are forgotten, economically devastated, and abandoned. With an informed and deliberate eye, Rickard finds and decodes these previously photographed scenes of urban and rural decay.
The photograph included in the set, entitled #33.665001, Atlanta, GA (2007) (2010), is a reflection of forgotten America. Rickard re-photographed the Google Street View image from his computer, creating a dissolved painterly aesthetic that veils the subject’s individual identity and making him an archetype for the youth living in these areas.Rickard calls upon the masters of the street-photography tradition—such as Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Stephen Shore—while setting a precedent for a new kind of image-making in an increasingly hi-tech world.
Signature: Signed and numbered by the artist
In the vein of such iconic photographers as Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Stephen Shore, Doug Rickard produces photographs of overlooked American communities and people—with a thoroughly 21st-century approach. Instead of crossing the country in a car with his camera, he uses the Internet as his vehicle, sourcing and re-photographing satellite images, snapshots, commercial and surveillance photographs, and, most recently, images from Google Street View. Walking the streets via his virtual proxy in places like Detroit and Dallas, Rickard captured individual street views, which he then re-photographed, printed, and compiled into a critically acclaimed book and exhibition, A New American Picture (2010). Summarizing the project, he explains: “In this case I really felt like I’m simply shining a point-of-view and a spotlight on specific parts of our country that need to be seen. It’s as simple as that.”
American, b. 1968, San Jose, California