Doug Rickard Limited-Edition Box Setphotographs by Doug Rickard
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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.
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.