Since the 1920s, pickup trucks have been the workhorses of American culture. The need for work trucks extends from the most urban environment to the most rural farm, and while they exist to carry heavy loads, pickups have become more than just beasts of burden. It's not unusual to see them parked behind farm buildings or stashed away in dark garages- gone, but not forgotten. The image of a once loved, but now abandoned vintage pickup truck resonates with memories of a simpler time.
The images in Rusty Pickups, when captured by a talented and creative photographer like Mike Harrington, make a great collection brimming with nostalgia. When these dramatic images are teamed with print sales advertisements from the day when the truck was new, the resulting contrast makes the book even more compelling. The contrast of the ad writer's enthusiasm for a brand new pickup truck years ago and the reality of that same ghostly hunk of steel fighting the elements some 40-80 years later is truly intriguing.
Rusty Pickups captures the attention of the pickup truck enthusiast as well as the art student and photo hobbyist. This collection combines all these elements together in a beautiful, colorful, and even graceful tribute to America's workhorse.
"More of a scenic tour than a dissertation, the pages of Rusty Pickups are a visual treat than a history lesson." -Old Cars Weekly, November 2011
"Highly recommended." -Ol' Skool Rodz, reviewed by Alan Mayes, July 2012
Silver Medallion winner for Book Graphics: Illustration/Collected Art. -International Automotive Media Awards, 2011
Michael Harrington, renowned automotive photographer and journalist, has written and photographed for a variety of publications over the last ten years. His past endeavors have been seen in the pages of The Horse Backstreet Choppers, Super Chevy, Rod & Custom, Custom Rodder, Street Rodder, Low Rider, Hot Rod, Classic Trucks, Street Trucks, Muscle Car Power, Car Culture Deluxe, Ol School Rodz and others. When he is not traveling and shooting Harrington calls the Inland Empire of southern California his home.