"Doug Biggert was born in the American Midwest in the 1940s. He studied in Saint Louis, shook JFK's hand when he was a college student, traveled through all 50 United States and owned 3 cars in 40 years. He has over 10,000 records in his house and owns every issue of the skateboard magazine [...] +
"Doug Biggert was born in the American Midwest in the 1940s. He studied in Saint Louis, shook JFK's hand when he was a college student, traveled through all 50 United States and owned 3 cars in 40 years. He has over 10,000 records in his house and owns every issue of the skateboard magazine Thrasher. Doug worked at Tower Records (the famous record and book store) for 20 years. He began in January 1978, unloading night deliveries there, before becoming the manager of the magazine section in Tower Records stores worldwide. In the 70's, he decides to take pictures of the hitchhikers he picked up in his old Volkswagen bug. The year was 1973. In all, he has taken 450 pictures to date, which we discovered during a random conversation.
We met Doug Biggert in the summer of 2003 and immediately knew that we had come across a unique individual. Someone who stood out from the rest. A man smitten with absolute freedom. His photographs reveal the way he approaches others, the way he looks at life (right in the face) and people (right in the eyes). With curiosity and warmth. The portraits seem to capture the very essence of each individual, delving down to their true selves. Like a spitting image of Doug Biggert himself, who is able to express the unspoken, the unseen. An extremely sensitive observer of a world that he often judges… His response being: "What can I do?". The selection of photos presented here was taken, like the rest, mainly in Northern California, between Sacramento and San Francisco, but also in dozens of other states. A collection of striking portraits, a series of incredible faces, travelers from the other ends of the world, voyagers transforming their lives, ordinary folk asking for a short ride, others going much farther, or simply on the road for the night. He has a story for almost all of them.
He describes many of his encounters as nothing short of amazing.
Doug Biggert loves people and pictures of people, but - as you will see - this is an understatement."
Xavier Carcelle & Chloé Colpe
(Translated by Barbara Silverstone)
Hitch-Hikers, photographs exhibition by Doug Biggert.
Opening on June 24th, from 7 pm, with Doug Biggert.
agnès b. 6 rue du Jour 75001 Paris
tél. 01 45 08 56 56 -