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The New Road

The New Road

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Distributed by The University of Georgia Press

Photography, North Carolina

9.5 x 10

Page count:
168 pages

Illustration count and type:
168 pages

Publication date:
October  2009

I-26 and the Footprints of Progress in Appalachia
by Rob Amberg


Rob Amberg’s examination of the construction of a nine-mile section of Interstate 26 is a moving study of the effect of road building on landscape and culture. In 1994, Amberg began documenting the progress of the largest earth moving project in state history through the most rural and rugged reaches of Madison County, North Carolina. Using oral histories, narrative writing, and photographs, The New Road explores the inherent tensions and contradictions faced by an Appalachian community trying to balance progress and preservation.

Author Biography

Rob Amberg is a photographer from Madison County, North Carolina. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Center for Documentary Studies, and John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His first book, Sodom Laurel Album, received the Thomas Wolfe Literary Award of the Western North Carolina Historical Association. Find out more about Amberg and his work at www.robamberg.com.