Smoke and Mirrors: Cars, Photography and Dreams of the Open Road by Adam Hay-Nicholls

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  • Smoke and Mirrors: Cars, Photography and Dreams of the Open Road by Adam Hay-Nicholls
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An groundbreaking book of car photography, revealing the car’s unique role in our culture. Car photography often evokes the same recycled tropes. Predictably slick, hi-spec images on the front pages of glossy magazines, or huge blow-ups on giant billboards which have one designed aim: to sell a lifestyle. But our relationship with cars is so much more meaningful than these images might suggest. In Smoke and Mirrors, a selection of world-renowned and up-and-coming photographers come together to pay tribute to the car. From Nick Turpin’s images of ‘donut’ skid marks, Todd Hido’s painterly landscapes taken through wet windscreens and William Green’s shots of sleeping Tokyo taxi drivers, these photographs display cars at their most playful, introspective and meaningful, reminding us that there is more to them than just metal and machinery – for cars are emotionally intertwined with the lives we live.

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