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"The Open Road – Photography and the Road Trip"

Evan Baden (T&L)

Saturday, March 07 - 11:00AM to 11:45AM
Plaza II

Photography has had a long tradition with the open road. The idea of getting in a car and driving, not knowing what one may find or what the result of the travel may be. Over the week-long spring break in 2019, 18 photography students traversed the backroads of the west in search of unknown subject matter.

The students were confronted with the uncomfortable situation of meeting, interacting, and maintaining conversations with strangers. In addition to creating photographic work, readings, films, and podcasts were assigned to facilitate a discussion America's relationship with the rural highway.

This presentation will show the work the students made and detail the planning, execution, and results of the course and discuss the advantages of taking students outside of the traditional classroom space and getting them to make work in settings they never imagined finding themselves.


Evan Baden
Evan Baden

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