Higley

AP_Highley_27
AP_Highley_22
AP_Highley_31
AP_Highley_30
AP_Highley_29
AP_Highley_28
AP_Highley_26
AP_Highley_25
AP_Highley_24
AP_Highley_23
AP_Highley_21
AP_Highley_20
AP_Highley_19
AP_Highley_18
AP_Highley_17
AP_Highley_16
AP_Highley_14
AP_Highley_12
AP_Highley_11
AP_Highley_10
AP_Highley_09
AP_Highley_08
AP_Highley_07
AP_Highley_06
AP_Highley_05
AP_Highley_04
AP_Highley_02
AP_Highley_01

“Why do we take pictures? To preserve memories? Stop time? Tell stories? Andrew Phelps’ photographs of Higley, Arizona do all of these things. But most of all they make me want to go out into the world. Stripped of the usual tendency toward cynical sensationalism, Phelps’ pictures depict Higley with a mixture of clarity and affection. After looking at this remarkable book, I feel like going outside to chat with my neighbour.”
Alec Soth

Higley, Arizona is disappearing.

Week by week, a township, once at the center of a farming expanse, is steadily loosing ground to the exploding metropolis known as the “greater Phoenix area”.
Two-lane, dirt-shouldered, rough paved roads with names like Ellsworth, Ray, or Pecos are being widened and annexed by entrance drives to bedroom communities with promising names like “Heritage Springs” or „Sunset Haven“

Feed lots and grain silos have been replaced by strip malls and fast-food chains. Track-housing subdivisions are replacing homesteads founded after WW 2 by service-men who came to build airplanes and stayed to grow citrus, cotton, alfalfa and corn, or to tend dairy-farms. Forced to sell out due to inflated property taxes and the urban encroachment, these vast lots of land, along with their history are loosing the battle against a homogenous America. These photographs of Higley and the surrounding towns of Gilbert, Chandler and Queen Creek are an on-going documentation of this micro-cosmos of globalization.

AP 2007

 

See also the book  HIGLEY, 2007

Read  the text ALWAYS EAST

Review “Higley, losing ground”
by Jasmin Haselsteiner (German)
Interview in WICHERT magazine
Lens Culture photo book review by Jim Casper (English)

USA meds merrell