André Lützen – Before Elvis there was nothing
50 years after Robert Frank's The Americans, the German photographer André Lützen sets off on his own odyssey through everyday life in America. His road movie takes us from Colorado to Mississippi, from the desert to subtropical climes – always carefully bypassing Hollywood. The series radiates Lützen's own singular style: documentary photography that derives its vitality from atmosphere and movement while also evoking aspects of self-imposed solitude. The mood here is a strange mix of poetic tranquility and aimless restlessness. Focusing on commonplace things, these images unflinchingly expose the depths and shallows of the American dream.
André Lützen's work has received several awards and has been shown in recent years in venues including the House of Photography / Deichtorhallen Hamburg, the Kunsthalle Hamburg and at numerous international festivals. The essay Drive Thru by freelance author Nora Luttmer complements the photographic work with sketches of travels along the highways.