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Terrence Moore: Photographs of Route 66 over 50 years

Posted at 3:09 PM, Dec 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-17 17:09:47-05

As the highway that opened up the West to millions of travelers since its construction in the 1930s, Rte. 66 is an iconic road that has been celebrated in story, song, films, and more. Justly known as "The Mother Road," this highway became the vital path for travelers, tourists, and fortune-seekers. However, after the advent of the superhighway and the Interstate system of the 1950s, Rte. 66 gradually fell out of use, leaving behind fascinating relics of a bygone era – roadside attractions, marvelous kitsch, storefronts, and the great neon artifacts that still light up the night along the highway. Terrence Moore has traveled and photographed this road since he first drove it with his parents in the 1960s. Though he has covered this subject for more than 40 years as a professional photographer, never before has his work been collected in book form. This volume highlights 66 of his finest 35mm color film images – a stunning chronicle of this storied road in states from Missouri to California.

Terrence Moore has been a professional photographer since his late teens, and is considered to be one of the premier landscape and architectural photographers of the southwest. He has published several books, among them Desert Southwest (with Paula Panich and Nora Burba), Baja! (with Doug Peacock) and Under the Sun (with Suzi Moore). Over the past five decades, he has contributed his images to such publications as Smithsonian, American Heritage, Rolling Stone, Arizona Highways and The New York Times, and his images can be seen in Michael Wallis’s seminal book, Rte. 66: The Mother Road.