Twentysix Abandoned Gasoline Stations

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Twentysix Abandoned Gasoline Stations © 2008 Eric Tabuchi, France

French photographer Eric Tabuchi has created a modern day reprise of Ed Ruscha’s ground-breaking artist’s book from 1963, Twentysix Gasoline Stations. Tabuchi has published a boxed set of 26 oversized postcard-like prints of photos he’s taken between 2002 and 2008: Twentysix Abandoned Gasoline Stations.

Tabuchi’s work captures abandoned, rusting, toxic-leaking architectural ruins that blight the landscape and roadscapes of France. In a spirit very much akin to Ruscha’s, Tabuchi photographed these abandoned gasoline stations in a flat, objective style, showing them just as plainly as they exist. If there is a moral argument to the story, Tabuchi leaves it to the viewer to decide.

This is a nice follow-on to Tabuchi’s other on-the-road series called Alphabet Truck.
View a slideshow, and read more, in Lens Culture.

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