Traffic.  Photographs by Henry Wessel.


Photographs by Henry Wessel.
Steidl, Göttingen, Germany, 2016. 68 pp., 27 black-and-white illustrations, 11½x11½".

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In the early 1980s, photographer Henry Wessel (born 1942) frequently commuted from Richmond, California, to San Francisco in the early morning rush hour, working for the sake of a steady paycheck. Surrounded by persons like himself—fellow commuters driving along his route—the daily drill seemed daunting and wearisome. But with resignation came receptivity. The monotonous movement of stop-and-go vehicles allowed Wessel a quick peek into the other cars, and for a brief moment—illuminated by the bright morning sunlight—he witnessed a wealth of human expression, from determination and impatience to blank-look boredom. Thus it was that he began to photograph his fellow commuters as they made their way through the traffic. Though the circumstances allowed for only a glance, it was enough for Wessel. Henry Wessel: Traffic is a unique portrait of 1980s California and Californians, and testimony to the unexpected revelations that may be found in the most routine circumstances.

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