Sightseer

Hello! Apologies for my absence, with work and my mother visiting from Johannesburg time to blog was scarce. Without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to a series by photographer Roger Minick titled Sightseer, which started in 1975 and ended in the late nineties. As the name suggests, the series is a collection of medium format portraits of American tourists in major tourist destinations throughout the country.

“I began to see the visitors as having a specific humanity, their own classification, a genus––Sightseer Americanus, if you will.  Previously in my photographic career, when my projects took me into the landscape, I had tended to look on sightseers with disdain, and certainly had never considered them a “subject” I would want to photograph seriously.  Yet over the course of those days I began to feel I was witnessing something uniquely American, something that I suddenly very much wanted to photograph.”

Woman-with-Scarf-at-Inspiration-Point-Yosemite-National-Park-CA-19801

Family-at-Glacier-National-Park-MT-1981

Couple-Taking-Polaroids-Crater-Lake-National-Park-OR-1980

Family-at-Lower-Falls-Overlook-Yellowstone-National-Park-WY-19801

Man-Wearing-Hawaiian-Shirt-at-Sunrise-Point-Bryce-Canyon-National-Park-UT-19801

Couple-with-Boy-Dog-Yellowstone-National-Park-WY-19801

Family-Wearing-Hawaiian-Shirts-Mt.-Rushmore-SD-19981

Girls-in-Matching-Pink-at-Sunset-Point-Bryce-Canyon-National-Park-UT-19801

Woman-photographing-at-Many-Glacier-Hotel-Glacier-National-Park-MT-1981

Family-at-Many-Glacier-Glacier-National-Park-MT-19811

Family-at-South-Rim-Grand-Canyon-National-Park-AZ-19801

Couple-at-Canyonlands-National-Park-UT-19801

Man-with-Dog-at-Sunset-Point-Bryce-Canyon-National-Park-UT-19801

Kissing-Couple-atop-Empire-State-Building-NYC-20001

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One Response to Sightseer

  1. Incredible photos. Now, how to choose what to pin?

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