In 1981, Simone Kappeler traveled through an America much different to what the States are today. This book now presents a selection of her images on this road trip. They reflect a direct and unrestrained manner, they tell of immediate sensual experience and the longing for freedom and independence. "I wouldn’t call it nostalgia, this affection for the uneventful past. It’s not about pining for traditional values or the phony simplicity of limited options. On the contrary, in those less demanding times, things open up. History loosens its grip. Imagination roams. Isn’t that a kind of freedom? Look at Kappeler’s spirited pictures and decide." Smithsonian Magazine
Simone Kappeler – America 1981
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