WALL STREET JOURNAL: “The Fine Art of Spying” (2013)

By Ellen Gamerman, Wall Street Journal, September 2013 With explosive disclosures about the long arm of the National Security Agency, the nation is engaged in an intense debate about privacy and spying. Now there is another snoop in town: the contemporary artist. Doug Rickard’s Surveillance Art Fine-art photographers are flocking to what some are calling […]

SUNDAY TIMES: “Google Street View as Art” (2011)

 #39.177833, Baltimore, MD. 2008, 2011    Google Street View as Art By Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times, December 2011 In 2007 Google launched Street View, an astonishing and sinister project to photograph every street, first in America and then in the world. Cars with nine-lens, 360-degree cameras on periscope-like tubes sticking through their roofs crept through […]

VILLAGE VOICE: “The Google Riis” (2012)

Doug Rickard: ‘A New American Picture’, November 2012 The primary photographer behind the portraits of urban desolation in this oddly affecting show is a robot—the indifferent, computer-controlled spherical camera mounted on Google’s Street View cars. Although designed to document buildings and landmarks for navigational purposes, the eyeball-like machines are also taking snapshots of life at […]

AHORN MAGAZINE: “Doug Rickard – A New American Picture”

By Sebastian Arthur Hau, Ahorn Magazine There is a certain set of sentences by John Gossage, in reply to Thomas Weski, then curator of the exhibition « There and Gone », in Hannover, Germany, that is stuck in my mind. I know that the circle of Gossage fans love the book if they can get […]

TIME: “Street View and Beyond: Google’s Influence on Photography”

When Google Street View started as an experiment in 2007, the company sent SUVs equipped with cameras, GPS and lasers to collect its first pictures. The idea of capturing images of the entire world from the perspective of the street was revolutionary, if not a little insane. Now, five years later, Google has recorded 360-degree […]

5B4: “A New American Picture by Doug Rickard” (2010)

By Jeff Ladd, 5B4, November 2010 The older notions of photographers physically exploring their world may have in some ways come to pass. The Egglestons, Shores, Levitts, Winogrands ventured out with perhaps only the loosest intentions or framework of a “project” and allowed the world to provide. It is common now for artists to conceive […]

COOL HUNTING: “A New American Picture”

A New American Picture Photographer Doug Rickard travels the backroads of America on Google Street View by Perrin Drumm in Culture on 07 August 2012 If photographer Doug Rickard had been able to get away from his daily life and go on the great American road trip like he wanted to, he might never have created the subtly powerful, deeply moving […]

SF CHRONICLE: “Rickard at Stephen Wirtz” (2011)

By Kenneth Baker, SF Chronicle, June 2011 A glum “American Picture”: San Jose native Doug Rickard leads a growing number of photographers gleaning material from Google street views, the digital age’s extension of street photography. The title of his show at Wirtz, “A New American Picture,” sounds like something out of the Cold War decades, […]