Lee Friedlander, Los Angeles, 2004. Courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery.

Americana Photography

Drive-in theaters, Thunderbird coupes, the historic Route 66—each of these nostalgic motifs can be considered “Americana,” scenes or objects that capture, glorify, and critique the mythology of the American Dream. In celebration of the United States’ Independence Day, browse iconic Americana photography available to collect on Artsy. From black-and-white snapshots of Hollywood’s dazzling golden girls to documentary photography featuring Civil Rights activists campaigning for equality, these photographs highlight the unique—and at times imagined—American identity.

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