Friday, January 15, 2010

Blog Notes

This morning, Lens, The Photography Blog of The New York Times has a post up about my American Drive-in Theaters project. Link on over and have look.

12 comments:

Martin said...

Congratulations Carl to this prominent presentation of your work!
I found the good news posted on TOP, on spring2life and was very pleased to post it on my blog too.

Edd Fuller said...

Congratulations, Carl! One of the comments on the Lens blog suggested a book, and I would second that notion. Drive-ins are a nearly lost part of our recent history and your photographs are eloquent reminders of that past.

Ernest Theisen said...

Hey Carl, congratulations. Wonderful work.

Carl said...

Thanks everyone, and especially Martin and Markus for linking up at your blogs. Now if only I can get a book publisher to pay attention...

David said...

Way to go, Carl! A nice article on a very respectable blog.

Martina said...

Just read it, :-). Congratulations! I am waiting for the book .... besides your excellent photography the subject is very exotic (and interesting)to the European/Germany eye ... I am waiting ...

Carl said...

Hi Martina,

There's a big divide here: the drive-in theater is an exotic memory for most urban Americans because the theaters can't survive anywhere land values are high, which means near most any city. In rural areas, where property values are much lower, the nearly 500 surviving DI theaters are just taken for granted as an inexpensive place for a family's evening entertainment.

While there are a few European DIs, the only place outside north America where the concept really caught on is Australia.

Scott Kirkpatrick said...

The book -- maybe Americans think DIs are old hat, OW Link did it best, Geoff Dyer noticed that Frank, Arbus, Friedlander, and even Michael Ormerod and Hiroshi Sugimoto have all presented DIs. But to Europeans, the subject is very exotic. (Although they had them, too.) I think the obvious publisher for the book is Mr. Steidl.

I'd love to see that happen.

scott

James.M said...

Congratulations Carl! Seeing this series reminded me of a much-loved old drive-in - the Skyline - in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, where I was a kid in the late 70s to mid-80s. Papua New Guinea was administered by Australia before it gained independence in 1975, so I guess it was the Australian influence. I did a quick google search and came up with a web-page about it (and other drive-ins around the South Pacific): http://members.optusnet.com.au/~p.berrett/drivein/png.html (Apologies in advance for the flashing lights.) Ah, to be able to go back in time with a camera...

Carl said...

James, wow, Papua New Guinea? I hadn't heard about that one. I'm sure it's the Australian influence. I wonder if there are any left there?

Don and Sher said...

Very nice Carl, I love the series. Still wondering if you have any of the Dix Drive-in or the Aust.

Carl said...

Don, I don't think I know either of those. I have a lot of DIs from the western northern/southern tiers of NY state, but for the upstate/Adirondack area I only have the Black River, near Fort Drum (I have it in neglected condition but understand it has been reopened so I'd like to get back) and another one in Broadalbin, right at the foot of the big park.