Thomas Ferderbar

Route 66 Missouri: Former Antique Shop Sign, Phelps, 2000
Photograph - Archival Inkjet Print on Epson Premium Luster Paper
13.75 x 11.50 in
SKU: 13937g-1
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The Route 66 photographs date from 1980 to the present. The photographer’s first trip along Route 66 was in 1947. The artist has said: “My work reflects a melancholic response to the decaying remnants of that once grand route from Chicago to Santa Monica. It appears to me that even as they deteriorate, both the structures and roadways assert a defiant resistance to death. Nevertheless, however, all things do die, and these photographs will provide an abiding tribute to Route 66’s contribution to our nation’s heritage.” 


The Route 66 Missouri photograph reflects the influence of Ansel Adams with whom the artist studied in the 1950s. The photo is a study in contrasts: the decaying stone and brick differs from the Route 66 sign, which is still crisp and sharp. This image shows the influence of the group f.64 which included Adams and other photographers. Group f.64 was intent on “truth” in photography and wanted to push the camera to “see” more clearly than the human eye. To this end, they used the small aperture, marked by the f-stop 64, which allows the camera to have an expansive depth of field.

10 x 8 inches, image
13.75 x 11.5 inches, sheet
16.13 x 13.88 inches, frame
Signed lower right
Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag matting, Museum Glass to inhibit fading, and housed in a modern profile silver finish wood moulding.