“I wanted to make very romantic pictures – pictures that looked like they had been pulled from the screen. It was really about trying to make my own versions of the kind of iconography that I was seeing in the films that I liked, or what I remembered from when I was a kid.” —Matthew Porter
We will cop to being car fans around here at Daily Plinth HQ, despite not having nearly as many opportunities to run car videos as we’d like. Even as such, artist Matthew Porter (b. 1975, PA) taps something far more universal in his epic photographs of cars jumping through city streets. Acclaimed author Rachel Kushner certainly recognizes it, stating “[t]he parked car versus the midair car is object instead of subject” in her essay for Porter’s new monograph from Aperture, The Heights (2019). In this video, Porter discusses the inspiration and process for his work, as well as talking about the insight that Kushner brought to the book project.