Created by Phillip March Jones, the founder of Institute 193, this book includes a foreword by the poet Thomas Meyer, and features 139 color photographs of roadside memorials across the United States, taken just before Polaroid film was discontinued in 2008.
Roadside memorials mark geographical points of departure in a landscape that is generally devoid of real human interaction or activity. They are almost always built in the no man’s land bordering our country roads, interstates and highways. We pass them at sixty miles an hour, sometimes glancing back, but are never afforded the time to actually see them. This project is about slowing down.
Polaroid was a natural choice. Early in its develop-ment, Polaroid film was widely used by police officers and other law enforcement, because it produced an unalterable instant photo, irrefutable evidence of a par- ticular event. These photographs are evidence of something greater, an unspoken need to commemorate and celebrate our own fleeting lives and stories.
Publisher: The Jargon Society
Size: 6.7 x 9.1"
Publisher's Price: $40