The seventies decade presented us with the 'New Hollywood'. This now-iconic period of film-making produced unique works from maverick directors who fought to pursue a personal path, far from the corporate bias of the Los Angeles studio system. The aim of the 'Location' project was to document this era of America's celluloid history by retracing the steps of the directors and recording the original film locations as they appear today.
Thirty years has done little to subdue the interest in these films, or to alter the appearance of many of these distinguishable locations. Others recognise the passing of time with a small but intriguing resemblance to the original scene. The selected films and film-makers from this period (Coppola, Friedkin, Bogdanovich, Spielberg, Scorsese etc) are all well recognised and have extensively influenced the industry to date. There is no doubt these images generate a level of nostalgia, however, they also document changes undergone throughout the United States since a period of film making which shaped a rebellious generation.
"The spare purity of these wonderful photographic images evoke sharp memories in me of the excitement of seeing these films for the first time. Each was groundbreaking in it's own way. For one, brief shining moment, the uneasy balance between art and commerce tipped toward art."
Michael Phillips, producer of Taxi Driver and Close Encounters
Of The Third Kind.