Signed copy of AMERICAN STOPOVER with 8x10 inch print. Limited edition of 100. Signed and numbered on reverse.
Four print choices:
1. Banner Theatre, Los Angeles, 1976
2. Seaside, Oregon, 1978
3. "Fun Place", Las Vegas, 1976
4. Tin Tin Chop Suey, Honolulu, 1976
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The US west coast has always been a magnet for young searchers, and it was for me as well. Though in my case it was more of a vast departure lounge, a long drawn out stopover, than a final destination.
In the 1970s and early 1980s, trips to Asia always began in California. Sailing by freighter from San Francisco, or on multi-stopover air tickets to Tokyo or Bangkok originating in SFO or LAX. I stayed in cheap hotels, or half-slept in all-night cinemas, met people and walked the streets photographing by day and by night. I would linger for days or for weeks, traveling by Greyhound to other cities, and then at some point eventually boarding a plane or ship to cross the Pacific.
In a way these pictures mark the beginning of a trip I never returned from. A time of heightened anticipation: the new everyday around me, and the one to come when finally arriving in one of Asia's great cities (and, as it turned out, not leaving for decades). Thanks to Misha Kominek at Kominek Books these photographs are now finding an audience I couldn't dare imagine at the time.
Prices in US dollars
Release Date: Feb 1, 2024
Publisher: Kominek, Berlin
11.8 x 8.9 inches (300x227 mm)
Text by Greg Girard
Designed by Gonzalo Sanchez and Misha Kominek