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Is This The Best Collection Of Car Photos Ever?

April 2017Words by The Daily Team

“280 Coup” by Ms Justine Kurland, 2012. Photograph courtesy of Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York. © Justine Kurland

If there’s one invention that defined the visual landscape of the 20th century, it’s the car. From the physical impact it has had on our surroundings – in the form of roads, lights, road signs and parking metres – to the idea of freedom and independence that it represents – immortalised in movies from Thelma & Louise to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – it’s exerted an influence on our everyday lives that can hardly be overstated.

It’s hardly surprising, then, that the subject of cars, and their relation to photography, has provided incredibly rich pickings for Autophoto, the latest exhibition to open at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain in Paris. Bringing together car-centric works from the likes of photographic greats including Messrs William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, Daido Moriyama and more, the show chronicles our developing relationship with the car as a visual muse, whether it’s the subject of a portrait, a technological marvel to be picked apart, or an omnipresent frame through which we have come to view the contemporary world.

”Flower Power Bug near 23rd Street and 6th Avenue”, New York City by Mr Langdon Clay, 1976. Photograph courtesy of the artist. © Langdon Clay