Early in 2009, the photographer Doug Rickard, the artist behind “American Suburb X” and “These Americans,” became immersed in the online world of Google Street View. His virtual travels led him to some of the most economically depressed areas of the country. “All of us have a ‘Detroit’ in our minds, or a ‘Dallas’ or a ‘Fresno,’ even if we have not travelled there,” Rickard told me. “I think that I chose pictures that partially represented those biases and media-affected notions of place, and yet I explored immensely these American places, a thousand hours or more, gaining an understanding of the conditions.”
All photographs courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, where Rickard’s “A New American Picture” is on view through November 24th.