In 1978, David Freund stepped out of a motel in Michigan and witnessed a quotidian pairing that, at the time, seemed to represent the United States at the end of the 20th century. This experience (and the resulting photograph) launched a project spanning four years and forty states.
The subsequent series, “Gas Stop,” documents gas stations across the United States as well as the people who use these unique features in the landscape as places to rest, refuel, or converse. In this video interview, Freund examines the photograph that launched the project and describes some of the unique visual tableaux he witnessed as he traveled across the United States. Moving from Illinois to New Jersey to Florida and beyond, this series offers up a focused slice of Americana at the end of the 20th century.
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