Publisher: Köln (Cologne): White Press / Schaden.com, 2010
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: As New / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 110798
First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 200 copies (this being #55/200), signed and numbered by Rickard on the colophon page. Hardcover. Blue paper-covered boards with debossed white star on cover and title debossed in white on spine; no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Doug Rickard. Includes a list of plates. Designed by Helge Schlaghecke. Unpaginated, with 69 four-color plates beautifully printed on 50/50 soft-silk recycling paper. 9 x 13-1/4 inches. Out of print.
[Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume III. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2014)].
This exquisite, handmade book is the first publication to present Rickard's innovative appropriation of images from Google's Street View. Photographed as they appeared on his computer screen and expertly edited, the resulting images are haunting and rich.
From the description of the follow-up trade edition published by Aperture in 2012: "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.
Doug Rickard (born in San Jose, California, 1968) studied U.S. history and sociology at the University of California, San Diego. He is the founder of American Suburb X and These Americans, websites that aggregate essays on contemporary photography and historical photographic archives. In 2011, his series A New American Picture was included in the annual New Photography exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. His work is represented in New York by the Yossi Milo Gallery and by Stephen Wirtz Gallery in San Francisco."