The North American frontier is an enduring symbol of romance, rebellion, escape, and freedom. At the same time, it's a profoundly masculine myth — cowboys, outlaws, Beat poets. Photographer Justine Kurland reclaimed this space in her now-iconic series of images of teenage girls, taken between 1997 and 2002 on the road in the American wilderness. "I staged the girls as a standing army of teen-aged runaways in resistance to patriarchal ideals," says Kurland. She portrays girls as fearless and free, tender and fierce.
With a story by Rebecca Bengal. Published by the Aperture Foundation.