The dark Americana of Thomas Hoepker’s Coast to Coast is the second in our summer series exploring American road trips made by Magnum photographers.
“Would you like to discover America?” asked the editor-in-chief. He pointed at me and my friend, the writer Rolf Winter.
We sat in the conference room of Kristall, a bi-weekly picture magazine in Hamburg, Germany. “Sure,” we said, “but what exactly do you want us to do there?” “I think,” replied the editor, “You’ll fly to New York, and then you rent a car, and you drive westward until you meet the Pacific, and then you drive back on another route, and you take pictures and write about what you see. No time limit." We liked the short briefing and nodded. The year was 1963, and I was 27.
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