Fine-art photographer lends a hand to struggling Midpoint Cafe

A fine-art photographer based in Amarillo is helping the iconic Midpoint Cafe in nearby Adrian, Texas, as it struggles through the economic ripples of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jim Livingston, whom many readers may remember from his "I Am Route 66" project, said he would donate proceeds from the sale of photographs of the Route 66 … Continue reading Fine-art photographer lends a hand to struggling Midpoint Cafe

Charles Custer, a photographer of Route 66 in the early 1950s, dies at age 91

Charles Custer, a retired Chicago lawyer whose startlingly detailed photographs of Route 66 businesses that he and his wife Irene took in the early 1950s were recently re-discovered, died at age 91 in January. The Chicago Sun-Times described Custer's remarkable life and photographic legacy in an obituary last week. A memorial service had been planned … Continue reading Charles Custer, a photographer of Route 66 in the early 1950s, dies at age 91

Book review: “A Matter of Time”

The new book "A Matter of Time" (272 pages, 174 photos, hardcover, University of Oklahoma Press) featuring Ellen Klinkel's black-and-white photographs may appear to be a coffee-table book -- and a very good one. But it's the text by co-author Nick Gerlich that sets the book apart from typical Route 66 volumes, offering a modern … Continue reading Book review: “A Matter of Time”

Photographer will hold ‘Pix on Route 66’ exhibition in Cleveland

Photographer David Schwartz, who's been documenting Route 66 for about 15 years, will debut his "Pix on Route 66" exhibition Friday through Sunday in Cleveland's Little Italy Holiday Art Walk. Freshwater Cleveland reports: Culled from years of road trips down the iconic highway, Schwartz's photos depict vivid slices of Americana. Think vintage motel signs, mom-and-pop … Continue reading Photographer will hold ‘Pix on Route 66’ exhibition in Cleveland

Researcher finds a photo of the precursor of John’s Modern Cabins

Joe Sonderman, a researcher of Route 66 in Missouri and other states, found a rare image of the roadside business that later became John's Modern Cabins near Newburg, Missouri. The image is above. Sonderman wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday: This is the oldest photo I have ever seen of the spot that became … Continue reading Researcher finds a photo of the precursor of John’s Modern Cabins

Arizona Route 66 Association gives $50,000 to NAU to preserve documents

The Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona announced Tuesday it created a $50,000 endowment to help Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff preserve and digitize Route 66 documents and photographs in the university's collection. From left, Sean Evans, Northern Arizona University's Cline Library, Angel Delgadillo, Historic Route 66 Association of Arizona president, Cynthia Ann Childrey, dean … Continue reading Arizona Route 66 Association gives $50,000 to NAU to preserve documents

Influential photographer Robert Frank dies at 94

Robert Frank, whose gritty photography along the roadways, streets and landscapes of America influenced generations of photographers, died at age 94 this week, according to several media outlets. Frank remained best-known for his 1958 book, "The Americans," that contained one image along Route 66 in Arizona. Frank made a big impact on other photographers who … Continue reading Influential photographer Robert Frank dies at 94

“A Matter of Time” book about Route 66 coming in October

"A Matter of Time," a photo-driven book about familiar and forgotten places on Route 66, will be coming in October from the University of Oklahoma Press. The 272-page book, subtitled "Route 66 Through the Lens of Change," by German photographer Ellen Klinkel and West Texas A&M marketing professor Nick Gerlich documents 101 spots along Route … Continue reading “A Matter of Time” book about Route 66 coming in October

“I Am Route 66” project focuses on its people

Those who've been on Facebook in recent weeks may have noticed photographs of people along the Mother Road and their handwritten thoughts for the "I Am Route 66" project. Surfing through the website, I've counted about 20 people from Route 66 with their images and writings -- mostly from the Texas Panhandle and eastern New … Continue reading “I Am Route 66” project focuses on its people

Amarillo Route 66 art prominently featured in Plainview gallery

Route 66 artwork from Amarillo figures prominently in an art show in the unlikely locale of Plainview, Texas (pop. 20,700). The "Yellow City Art" show at Contemporary Art Museum Plainview, which runs through February, features the work of photographer Ed Ruscha (known for his 1963 "Twentysix Gasoline Stations" photo book) and the late Stanley Marsh … Continue reading Amarillo Route 66 art prominently featured in Plainview gallery