Tetsuya Kusu: American Monuments

As a member of the last generation to adore America, I was struck by a desire to see the real America—so I got in a car and hit the road. There, within the vaguely nostalgic scenery I remembered, I found people who lived commonplace, dull, and unsurprisin

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A Japanese photographer set out to challenge his own stereotypes and find the “real” America

As a member of the last generation to adore America, I was struck by a desire to see the real America—so I got in a car and hit the road. There, in between the vaguely nostalgic scenery I remembered, I found people who lived commonplace, dull, and unsurprising ordinary lives just like us. My stereotype of America changed its shape and began manifesting itself in front of me with a strange sense of familiarity.