The Roger Minick 'Sightseer' Series Catalogs American Tourists

 - Aug 6, 2014
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The Roger Minick Sightseer photo series captures the tourists visiting American landmarks in the early 1980s. Minick and his wife traveled from tourist attraction to tourist attraction in search of interesting and eccentric characters to photograph. These tourists could be found in places such as Yosemite National Park, Yellowstone National Park and the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial.

The Roger Minick Sightseer photos suggest that touristic expeditions are akin to pilgrimages, in that they bring Americans together and allow them to feel part of American history. While there's no doubt that such photos also display a certain amount of egotism, there is also a larger and more sublime experience at play.

The tourists featured in the photos range from families to elderly couples to groups of young men and women.