Doug Rickard's series, A New American Picture, depicts anonymous inner-city and suburban streets across the United States. In the tradition of street photographers such as Walker Evans and Stephen Shore, the images reflect the urban and rural decay of overlooked communities in contemporary life. The artist explores locations via Google Street View, the online archive of panoramic photographs that visually map America's streetscape. He carefully selects images and photographs the computer screen, complete with blurred faces and signage that characterize the source images and emphasize the anonymity and desolation of the subjects.
Doug Rickard is currently featured in the New Photography 2011 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photographs from A New American Picture have been exhibited at Le Bal in Paris, the 2011 Les Rencontres d'Arles, and is currently on view at Pier 24 in San Francisco. A limited edition monograph of A New American Picture was published by White Press/Schaden and was named a best book of 2010 by Photo-Eye Magazine and at this year's Kassels Photobook Festival. The trade edition of the publication is planned for release in 2012. Doug Rickard was born in 1968 in San Jose, California, received his BA in U.S. History and Sociology at UC San Diego, and currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.