American Festivals Project

Over the course of 14 months, photographers Ross McDermott and Andrew Owen explored America’s hidden, bizarre and small-town festivals and events.  Using photography, video, and writing, the AFP explored the far corners of America hoping to document and preserve small subcultures that were in danger of disappearing and forever being lost.

With a grant from National Geographic, McDermott and Owen drove over 40,000 miles around the United States in a vegetable oil-powered truck.  They camped when possible, slept on the couches of friendly strangers, and often took “power naps” in the back of their 1969 truck camper.

The AFP explores 37 festivals from Georgia to California and even Alaska.

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