The Lincoln Highway, the first cross country road in the United States, was founded in 1913 and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in two years. Snaking over 3300 miles from Times Square in New York City to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, the Lincoln Highway is a microcosm of this country, passing through every conceivable sort of landscape and community. It is a living lesson in this nation's history. My wife, Kass Mencher, and I have photographed along the road since 1997, capturing in what we hope are whimsical and unwavering images, the contemporary face of life along a historic road. Our photos are a series of vignettes, places or moments that we believe create a visual tapestry of a nuanced and unexpected country.
But even after we made a self-financed cross-country trip in both directions in 2010 along the road, we still have photographic gaps to fill to complete the project. In mid-August we are planning a short trip through Indiana and in mid-late September we are taking a two week trip driving east from San Francisco. In between we'll spend time along the Lincoln Highway in New Jersey, a state we've neglected even though it's close to home. Our goal is to raise the funds needed to make these additional trips along the Lincoln Highway.
To see a self-published, still-evolving book prototype click below: