From November 19 through December 6, The LBM Dispatch will be on the road in the Lone Star State, exploring the people, places, and mythology of the megapolitan area known as the Texas Triangle. This 60,000-square-mile territory, home to more than 70% of the Texas population, includes the cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, as well as countless small communities where the ethos and folklore of the Old South and the Wild West converged to create an utterly unique culture that continues to loom large in the national imagination.
From February 12th through February 28th, Alec Soth and Brad Zellar were on the road in California, traveling in the Valleys of Silicon, San Joaquin, and Death for the fourth installment of The LBM Dispatch. While each of these valleys has a distinct character, all of them loom large in the country’s history and mythology of success, failure, dreams, and futility. Continuing The Dispatch’s examination of community in the 21st-century United States, Three Valleys explores the brave new worlds and pervasive virtuality of Silicon Valley, the Depression-era remnants of agricultural settlements and immigrant communities in the San Joaquin, and the other-worldly boom-and-bust landscapes of Death Valley, where the Manson Family holed up at the tail end of the 1960s.