MoMA meets ‘The Cannonball Run’

Earlier this month, Magnum Photos sent five photographers—Paolo Pellegrin, Jim Goldberg, Susan Meiselas, Mikhael Subotzky, and VSL favorite Alec Soth—and writer Ginger Strand on a two-week road trip from San Antonio, Texas, to Oakland, California.

Magnum’s bus traveled through Ciudad Juárez, El Paso, Las Cruces, Bisbee, Las Vegas, and Fresno (among not a few other places); Strand took notes, and each of the photographers posted the pictures he or she took to the Postcards from America blog. You’ll see kids, punks, homeless couples, cowboys, mimes, strongmen, gamblers, grandmothers, a great many motels and abandoned buildings, and the oddest bits of Americana (Tucson looks like an especially inviting place to drive around in). Most of the photos are striking, and all of the photographers emerge as distinct personalities, with visions that are as unique as the landscapes they move through.

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