Having watched the TV Series Route 66 in the early 60’s I drove the highway, for the first time in late 1967, from California to Texas. Since then I’ve driven different stretches of the road many times. What has always intrigued me were the old, often abandoned buildings, motels, garages, and diners. The ghosts of Route 66.
In 1989 and 1992 I went on my first trips to photograph a portion of the old Route 66, from Victorville, California to Albuquerque, New Mexico, not because it was a famous transportation route at one time but because of what was left behind, the remains of Route 66. I continue my photography of Route 66 every time I drive along Interstate 40. While still photographing with my 4 x 5, I also now use a 35mm digital camera.
All photography for this project was done using a 4 x 5 camera, and black & white film. I made contact sheets from the negatives at the time, but did not print anything until recently.
Desert Market Jurgen Vogt
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Born in Berlin, Germany, Jürgen Vogt is a Canadian photographer living in Vancouver, British Columbia. He was raised in Toronto and lived for several years in Montreal. Jürgen's personal work is of an ever evolving style, rooted in documentary and reportage genres. His images explore a fascination with history, the environment, architecture and sometimes politics.
In 1981 he travelled to Warsaw, Poland to photograph the Solidarity Union demonstrations during an intense period of their activity. In 1986 he completed extensive work for the book, "The Expo Celebration" and again in 1988, for "Share The Flame", where he covered the Winter Olympic opening ceremonies in Calgary. Jürgen has made annual trips to Havana, Cuba since 2004, to document the city, its people, and the unique qualities that make Havana such an interesting mosaic. In 2011, an exhibition of Jürgen's portraits of Cubans and Canadians, titled “The Portrait Project” opened at UNEAC, (The National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba) in Havana.
His photographs have been published widely in newspapers and magazines including TIME, MacLean's, Business Week, the Vancouver Province, and the Toronto Star. Jürgen has also photographed for advertising campaigns, annual reports and trade publications, and has an extensive client list.
Jürgen's images have been shown in galleries and museums, and are included in a growing number of gallery and private collections in Canada, Cuba and the USA. A selection of his photographs were in the collection of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography in Ottawa, Canada. His portraits of personalities include W.O. Mitchell, Alex Colville, Ian Tyson, Timothy Findley, Karen Kain, Yousuf Karsh, Farley Mowatt, Gathy Falk, Ken Danby, and Angela Grossmann.