On the Road
Photography compiled by Lee Shulman, founder of The Anonymous Project
Introduction by Tom Seymour
Published 7 October 2021 by Hoxton Mini Press
Found photos from the 40s to 70s capture the freedom and adventure of the open road.
These enigmatic and entirely anonymous colour slides, shot across the midcentury, show vintage cars, family road trips, unplanned pit stops and endless vistas, conjuring the timeless exhilaration of life behind the wheel. Selected from The Anonymous Project’s collection of over 800,000, the subjects of these photographs may be unknown, but together they capture a very familiar excitement: setting out to see where the road takes you. After a year when people across the world have been home- bound, their call of adventure sounds louder than ever.
“For Shulman’s found collection of strangers… evoke childhood memories – sitting in the back seat, playing games or staring from the window at the passing landscape. The excitement of your parents on holiday, keen for fun. The anticipation of owning your first car, of being able to go where you want, far from the home you knew. Of driving alongside someone you love, in blissfulisolation. Of meeting strangers on the road with whom you spark a connection through a momentary shared experience.” Tom Seymour from the introduction