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June 9, 2008
American photographer Andrew Phelps has created a minor masterpiece of a photobook that documents in an artful way, the end of the town of Higley, Arizona, as it is swallowed up and completely transformed into just another sprawling generic suburban development in the desert lands to the east of Phoenix.
The story, which took three years to photograph, is particularly interesting since all four of Phelps' grandparents lived in the sleepy outlying town of Higley while Phelps was growing up in Phoenix. So, we can watch in an intimate way as the funky little town gets bulldozed to make way for instant suburbia, American style.
Check out our book review and a dozen photos from Higley, here in Lens Culture.