This self-published booklet is the first in a series of artist books dealing with photography in the age of Google image search. This one pays homage to Ed Ruscha's 'Thirtyfour Parking Lots' originally published in 1967.
The original book contains 34 areal views of empty parking lots taken by areal photographer Art Alanis. The aerials were taken during a one-and-a-half-hour shoot on a Sunday morning, when the lots were empty resulting in a survey of the Los Angeles urban landscape of the late sixties.
Ruscha included a detailed address for all but one parking lot, the only text that accompanied the pictures, thus the book became a roadmap to revisit the original places, transforming the original book into a programmatic device for my project 'Thirtyfour Parking Lots on Google Earth'.
Using Google Earth I simply typed in the exact addresses for each parking lot featured in the original book and took a screenshot from the resulting image query. I substituted Ruscha’s black and white images with the color screenshots, not changing any other aspect of the original book. I applied the same logic of using Google as my only image source and did a search for the original book cover and found a low-res image from the artnet database.
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