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Still Lifes, U.S.A.

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Rudy VanderLans is quick to name his influences: “It’s through the photographs of Ruscha, Shore, Friedlander, Eggleston, and others that I learned to look at America more discerningly, I use their examples as a jumping off point to distill my own impressions.”
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Still Lifes, U.S.A. – by Rudy VanderLans

Still Lifes, U.S.A. – Upon his arrival in the US some 36 years ago, Rudy VanderLans embarked on a pan-American bus trip from New York to California. Overwhelmed by the experience, he rarely took out his camera, feeling unprepared for the challenge to do justice to the visual overload of the American environment. In 2016 he set out to retrace his route, this time with camera in hand and a determination to record the experience. If the work seems familiar at times, VanderLans is quick to name his influences: “It’s through the photographs of Ruscha, Shore, Friedlander, Eggleston, and others that I learned to look at America more discerningly,” he says. “I use their examples as a jumping off point to distill my own impressions.” The haunting work that resulted from his journey, published exclusively in book form, creates the second entry in a trilogy of books that began with Still Lifes, California. These postcards from the road evoke both tranquility and solitude, entropy and loneliness in equal measures.

Rudy VanderLans

Rudy VanderLans (born 1955, Voor­burg) is a Dutch type and graphic designer and the co-founder of Emigre, an in­de­pend­ent type foundry.
VanderLans studied at the Royal Acade­my of Art in the Hague. Later, he moved to California and studied photog­raphy at the Uni­versity of California, Berkeley.

In 1984, VanderLans, with his wife Zuzana Licko, founded Emigre and began to publish Emigre magazine a journal for experimental graphic design.

Format: Hardcover
Size: 7? x 5?
Pages: 120
ISBN: 978-1-58423-653-5

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