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Liz Kuball April 20, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.

Storage facility, Santa Barbara, California. 2007

Liz Kuball (b. 1973, Washington, D.C.) is a photographer based in Southern California. She began photographing in 2006, and, since then, her work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, New York, and Detroit; her photographs have appeared online in the Humble Arts Foundation group show no. 16, FILE magazine, and Flak Photo; and appeared in A Field Guide to the North American Family, a novella by Garth Risk Hallberg. Liz was selected for publication in The Collector’s Guide to Emerging Fine Art Photography, published by the Humble Arts Foundation in 2009.

About the Photograph:

“Between 1985 and 2007, the square footage of self-storage facilities in the United States grew 740 percent, and driving the freeways of Southern California, this growth is evident. This incredible expansion has been spurred by Americans’ accumulation of things, gluttony of the material form. As I drove by storage facilities, I started thinking about what was behind those garage doors and padlocks. It occurred to me that the warehouses weren’t full of meaningless “stuff”-they were the repository for all kinds of memories that people weren’t willing to part with. Old furniture inherited from the recently deceased. Boxes of old love letters. Books and LPs and photographs. Storage facilities of the past typically were warehouses, and though there are plenty of those still in existence, this facility in Santa Barbara, California, part of a growing trend, mimics the architecture of a barn or farmhouse, with flowering shrubs and a homey feel-except for the freeway running alongside it. Though I tried to gain access to the facility, the staff and owner, citing security risks, denied my request, so I took this photo standing at the side of a freeway off-ramp.”


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