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Learning from USA

Introduction au Roadside America de John Margolies : Voiture, cinéma, architecture.

Nikola Jankovic

Editions B2

Publication date : 2022/05/06
Weight 125 g / Dimensions 10 x 15 cm / 144 pages / fr
ISBN 9782365091244

For half a century, photographer and architectural theorist John Margolies (1940-2016) has been taking inventory of the American roadside. It is here that the vernacular “forgotten formalism” (or sometimes its remnants) sublimates – always towards the West – the legend of the “great outdoors” in the joint rise of the cinema and the automobile. Theaters and drive-ins constitute a saga directly connected to the ribbon of asphalt; but other “decorated sheds” invest our imaginations. Banks to rob, diners, gas stations, trucker bars, motels, casinos or air-conditioned malls and other road movie landscapes project – on both sides of the screen – the script of “another America”: that of our visual culture…

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