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.
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I was a staff photographer at The Philadelphia Inquirer from 1987 until July, 2009, and photographed everything from wars to World Series, including the civil war in Chechnya, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, life in Cuba and the post-apartheid era in South Africa. For many years, I’ve worked on personal projects exploring contemporary life in the United States, Spain and Guatemala. I am currently freelancing and working on personal projects.
I was the recipient of the 1999 Overseas Press Club Award for "Rwanda: Aftermath of Genocide" and have won international, national and regional awards including World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, Best of Photojournalism and National Headliners. My fellowships include a Penn State University Professional in Residence Fellowship; a Terra Fellowship from the Giverny Institute at the Museum of American Art, Giverny, France; and a Pew Fellowships in the Arts, discipline winner.
Together with my wife, Kass Mencher, I now work on photographic projects including "Duets", which is a juxtaposition of our images, usually as diptychs. I have exhibited locally, nationally and internationally and am currently finishing work on a 13 year project on the Lincoln Highway, the nation's first cross country road, which stretches from Times Square in NYC to San Francisco and celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2013.
Kass Mencher, is a freelance photographer who worked for over 15 years for alternative papers in the Philadelphia area, mainly City Paper, Philadelphia Weekly and Philadelphia Gay News. She was awarded First Place, Photojournalism, 2001, by the Association of Alternative Weeklies and numerous regional awards including the Pa. Keystone Awards. She now works on personal photo projects.
Our hope is to publish a book of these photos in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the Lincoln Highway.