I first came across Steve Fitch’s American Motel Signs project through his One Picture Book “Motel Signs” with Nazraeli Press. For anyone out there who doesn’t know the wonderful One Picture Book series, it’s well worth checking out. Each book is sixteen pages and contains an original signed print by the photographer.
A beautiful, if short, introduction to the world of American Motel Signs that left me wanting more. I found myself in an email conversation with Steve discussing the project and the idea of publishing a more comprehensive edition cataloguing these signs that he has been shooting over the past thirty years. Thus the book was born!
American Motel Signs 1980~2008 - Steve Fitch64 pages / 14.8 x 21 cm
About American Motel Signs
Shot over 28 years, American Motel Signs is a unique insight into one of the most fascinating aspects of contemporary American culture. These motel signs, from the Sleepy Hollow Motel [Utah, 2007] to the Teddy Bear Motel [North Carolina, 1983] represent the many faces of everyday America that has become so ubiquitous in mainstream culture today.
Steve Fitch is an American photographer born in 1949. He earned an MFA from the University New Mexico in 1978, and has taught photography at UC Berkeley, the University of Colorado in Boulder, Princeton University, and since 1990, at the College of Santa Fe. Fitch's photographs are included in the permanent collections of such museums as the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; and The Chicago Art Institute.