Between 2004 and 2007 Martin Hyers and Will Mebane made a series of road trips through the American South, West and East to create a photographic archive of objects. The project, titled "Empire", yielded more than 9000 photographs captured in twenty-five states. Using two hand-held 4x5 view cameras Hyers and Mebane ventured out into public places, met strangers, and accompanied them back to their homes, offices, and factories to photograph.
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