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INTERNET GOTHIC and Transcendentalism in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

  INTERNET GOTHIC and Transcendentalism in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction By Owen Campbell, ASX, January 2015 In the preface of National Anthem Doug Rickard quotes Walt Whitman; in the coda he quotes Woodie Guthrie. Following the preface, an introductory text written by Annie Gårlid, remixes the lyrics of cell-phone rap videos from YouTube. Written […]

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TIME: “Explore the Dark Side of YouTube with Artist Doug Rickard”

  “I knew this work was going to be darker,” says the visual artist Doug Rickard. “As I started to dive into the footage, I realized that there was an extra motive for posting videos on YouTube, and often it was a rather dark motive in itself.” In 2012, Rickard presented his take on the […]

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W Magazine – “N.A.”

  CULTURE Doug Rickard: NA Like much of modern history, the Eric Garner decision will eventually be boiled down to a few memorable images—or in this case, unforgettable video footage taken by a bystander. The photographer Doug Rickard’s timely new book, N.A. (D.A.P.), is a catalogue of striking stills he took from hours of YouTube […]

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WALL STREET JOURNAL: “The Fine Art of Spying” (2013)

By Ellen Gamerman, Wall Street Journal, September 2013 With explosive disclosures about the long arm of the National Security Agency, the nation is engaged in an intense debate about privacy and spying. Now there is another snoop in town: the contemporary artist. Doug Rickard’s Surveillance Art Fine-art photographers are flocking to what some are calling […]

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ART IN AMERICA: “Doug Rickard at Yossi Milo” (2013)

By Chris Chang, Art in America, February 2013 Anyone who has used the Street View function of Google Maps is, in a sense, already familiar with the work of Doug Rickard. The ubiquitous Internet tool, with its 20 petabytes of data, allows users to virtually traverse five million miles of the world’s roads and byways. […]

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OUT OF ORDER: “Doug Rickard and The New American Picture” (2013)

A STREET VIEW: DOUG RICKARD AND THE NEW AMERICAN PICTURE JOEY POLINO Photos: © Doug Rickard, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York and Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco With so much emphasis—especially as of late—placed on the wealthy and middle classes of America, the collection New American Picture by Doug Rickard showcases the invisible side […]

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SUNDAY TIMES: “Google Street View as Art” (2011)

 #39.177833, Baltimore, MD. 2008, 2011    Google Street View as Art By Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times, December 2011 In 2007 Google launched Street View, an astonishing and sinister project to photograph every street, first in America and then in the world. Cars with nine-lens, 360-degree cameras on periscope-like tubes sticking through their roofs crept through […]

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TECHONOMY: “Is Curating as Good as Photographing? Digital Camera Technology Is Transforming an Art” (2012)

By Eugene Reznik, Techonomy, September 2012 Aperture Foundation sparked one of the longest, liveliest, and most viral comment threads in the organization’s online history recently when it announced the upcoming publication of Doug Rickard’s A New American Picture. The hardcover collection of “street-photography,” originally published in 2010 and being re-released by Aperture with an additional […]

PIER 24: “Doug Rickard – A New American Picture” (2012)

VILLAGE VOICE: “The Google Riis” (2012)

Doug Rickard: ‘A New American Picture’, November 2012 The primary photographer behind the portraits of urban desolation in this oddly affecting show is a robot—the indifferent, computer-controlled spherical camera mounted on Google’s Street View cars. Although designed to document buildings and landmarks for navigational purposes, the eyeball-like machines are also taking snapshots of life at […]

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AHORN MAGAZINE: “Doug Rickard – A New American Picture”

By Sebastian Arthur Hau, Ahorn Magazine There is a certain set of sentences by John Gossage, in reply to Thomas Weski, then curator of the exhibition « There and Gone », in Hannover, Germany, that is stuck in my mind. I know that the circle of Gossage fans love the book if they can get […]

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TIME: “Street View and Beyond: Google’s Influence on Photography”

When Google Street View started as an experiment in 2007, the company sent SUVs equipped with cameras, GPS and lasers to collect its first pictures. The idea of capturing images of the entire world from the perspective of the street was revolutionary, if not a little insane. Now, five years later, Google has recorded 360-degree […]

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5B4: “A New American Picture by Doug Rickard” (2010)

By Jeff Ladd, 5B4, November 2010 The older notions of photographers physically exploring their world may have in some ways come to pass. The Egglestons, Shores, Levitts, Winogrands ventured out with perhaps only the loosest intentions or framework of a “project” and allowed the world to provide. It is common now for artists to conceive […]

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THE NEW YORKER: “Doug Rickard’s Street View” (2012)

By Rachel Klapheke, The New Yorker, October 26, 2012 Early in 2009, the photographer Doug Rickard, the artist behind “American Suburb X” and “These Americans,” became immersed in the online world of Google Street View. His virtual travels led him to some of the most economically depressed areas of the country. “All of us have a […]

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ART INFO: “Doug Rickard at Yossi Milo” (2012)

IN THE AIR Art News & Gossip In the Air – Art+Auction’s Gossip Column OCTOBER 5, 2012, 7:45 AM See Doug Rickard’s Google Street View-Inspired Art at Aperture and Yossi Milo In a strikingly postmodern departure from the gritty tradition of street photography (where photographers actually go out in the streets to photograph), Doug Rickard’s “A […]

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COOL HUNTING: “A New American Picture”

A New American Picture Photographer Doug Rickard travels the backroads of America on Google Street View by Perrin Drumm in Culture on 07 August 2012 If photographer Doug Rickard had been able to get away from his daily life and go on the great American road trip like he wanted to, he might never have created the subtly powerful, deeply moving […]

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SF CHRONICLE: “Rickard at Stephen Wirtz” (2011)

By Kenneth Baker, SF Chronicle, June 2011 A glum “American Picture”: San Jose native Doug Rickard leads a growing number of photographers gleaning material from Google street views, the digital age’s extension of street photography. The title of his show at Wirtz, “A New American Picture,” sounds like something out of the Cold War decades, […]

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TIME OUT NEW YORK: “Doug Rickard – A New American Picture” (2012)

The devastation that Hurricane Sandy wrought on Chelsea’s galleries provides a timely echo for the economic depredations documented in Doug Rickard’s photographs of such American basket cases as Detroit, New Orleans and Baltimore. Weedy lots, boarded-up windows and liquor stores are the signifiers for a landscape of abandonment only intermittently interrupted by lone figures or […]

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PHOTOEYE: “A New American Picture” (2012)

By Karen Jenkins, Photoeye, November 2012 Doug Rickard has learned much of what he knows of the history of photography online. With his website American Suburb X, he created his own niche archive � a sort of scholarly Pinterest where the past meets present practice in a seamless platform. Such a twenty-first century approach to image […]