American Dreams

Jim Dow

Tracing a landscape of signs, buildings and interiors, Jim Dow’s (b. 1942) photographs record the character and the aesthetics of a past era. Beginning his craft in the 1960s, he has since continued to capture these elements in societies all over the world, travelling everywhere from North Dakota to Mexico, across Europe and the UK. His work has unrivalled precision and clarity, and he balances a fine line between nostalgia and neglect. Shooting bright images, he pays tribute to a land marked by its constantly changing residents. Viewers are prompted to take the position of an observer and to perceive familiar surroundings in a new way in order to identify stunning moments of beauty within seemingly everyday locations. An internationally recognised artist, Dow has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1972, 1979 and 1990, as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1975. The following images encapsulate his outstanding work and in particular his appreciation of Americana.