William Gedney made two trips to Kentucky, in 1964 and 1972. He stayed in the home of the head of the local mining union in Leatherwood, a town where most of the residents worked in the mines. His 1972 gelatin silver print of a young Kentuck man in a pickup truck in Kentucky depicts what could be the beginning of a hard life. Robert Frank’s 1950s print Teenagers in Tennessee – They Drive the Car shows a happier time, while a pensive young boy peers into a dilapidated barn in The Old South, #2, c. 1954-55, by Ralph Eugene Meatyard.
The flat landscape of Texas is seen in Peter Sekaer’s 1939 print of a billboard in Amarillo. The art deco sign advertises the Amarillo Hotel for $1.50 to $3.00 a night. Joel Meyerowitz made a number of road trips to the South. His 1963 image Signs in the South, 1963, shows signs for “strawberry’s” as well as Coca-Cola (“Enjoy That Refreshing New Feeling”) and “patent medicine.” Caroline Allison, an emerging artist based in Nashville, photographed the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant in 2010. The coal-burning power plant, located just outside Kingston, Tennessee, was the scene of a 2008 spill, which damaged 300 acres of surrounding land.
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