Journey of discovery
Lothar Baumgarten – Interstate 40 crossing, […]
The fate of indigenous American peoples is the subtle focus of the Carbon-series from 1989. For four months, Lothar Baumgarten travelled through the United States to document a photographic essay on the pioneering work during the colonization of the country. Signal installations, steel bridges and train tracks, references to industrial success, cut through the vast landscapes, the living spaces of other humans. The photographs illustrate the encounter of two cultures with entirely different goals and ideas of life. Baumgarten’s titles perpetuate the private companies that exploited the “newly discovered” habitat.
Thirty years later, the photographs have not lost their topicality. On the contrary: The trauma of entire peoples in North America also stands for other places where ruthless progress is sometimes only just beginning.
Southern Pacific Transportation Co. and Amtrak’s Sunset Limited, Cotton Belt Route, Presidio County, Texas
State Route 90, Longfellow, Pecos County, Texas
Sioux sepulcher trees, Little Bighorn River, Crow Indian Reservation, Bighorn County, Montana
Burlington Northern Railroad, Dutton II, Teton County, Montana
Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway Boxcar
Kansas City Southern Railway and Missouri Pacific System, Steel cantilever bridge, Mississippi River, Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge County, Louisiana
Southern Pacific Transportation Co. and Amtrak’s Sunset Limited, Continuous cantilever deck structure 1, Recos River, Val Verde County, Texas