This exhibition of Greg Girard’s photographs, many of which have never before been exhibited, depict America during the 1970s and early 1980s. Girard has spent much of his career documenting the social and urban transformation in Asia’s largest cities, as well as his travels between Asia and North America. American Stopover comprises transient scenes photographed in airports, hotels, bars and restaurants, captured in California, Nevada and Hawaii between flights bound for Asia.
“In the 1970s and early 1980s every trip to Asia started in California. Whether flying, or travelling by Greyhound down the coast from Vancouver, the journey truly originated in San Francisco or Los Angeles. I’d spend a few days, or as long as a few weeks, making pictures in California, Nevada and Hawaii before finally continuing on to Tokyo or Hong Kong. Multi-stopover one-way tickets were the norm, on an Asian carrier like China Airlines or Korean Airlines. A typical ticket would be routed YVR-SFO-LAX-HNL-TYO-SEL-TPE-HKG-BKK.
I travelled light. A camera bag and another hand-carry-sized bag containing tripod, film and a few clothes.” – Greg Girard
Please note this exhibition is not wheelchair accessible.