24 May Interview: Travis Fox’s beautiful, haunting drone photographs document America’s scars

Source: DP Review

The cover of Travis Fox’s new book, Remains To Be Seen.

About the photo: California City was an ambitious planned city located one hundred miles from Los Angeles. The project was created in 1965 with the aim of creating one of California’s biggest cities. It has largely failed in the decades since, leaving a mostly empty suburban street grid covering two hundred square miles in the Mojave Desert.

Travis Fox has spent his career using emerging forms of technology as journalistic storytelling tools. He was the first video producer to win an Emmy for an online video and was part of the team at the Washington Post that helped establish that new form of online journalism. Fox was an early adopter of drones and currently serves as the Director of Visual Journalism at The Craig Newmark School of Journalism.

[Fox] uses a drone as a documentary storytelling tool to explore how the scars of industrialization, urban sprawl, and institutionalized racism remain in America’s backyard, even as the physical spaces begin to deteriorate

Fox recently released his first monograph, Remains to Be Seen, through Daylight books. It’s a project that uses a drone as a documentary storytelling tool to explore how the scars of industrialization, urban sprawl, and institutionalized racism remain in America’s backyard, even as the physical spaces begin to deteriorate. “The whole point is when does memory become history,” he says. “When do physical traces disappear? This whole book

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