Method 66 in the observation of photographic displays

Method 66 in the observation of photographic displays


Cyril de Plater is what we call the “old man” of automotive photography, who has taken his lenses to all the roads of the world for decades.

Among the favorite topics of this music lover, blues lover and frequent guitarist is the 66-story Route, which is almost 4,000 kilometers long and connects Chicago (Illinois) to Santa Monica (California). Traveling through it is the best immersion in North American culture and history.

Reno / Oklahoma / Buick Super Eight 1953. The Buick Super model appeared in 1940 in the catalog of the American manufacturer Buick.  Also called Buick "50 series" it was produced until 1958 before being replaced the following year by the Electra model.  (Photo Cyril de Plater)
Reno / Oklahoma / Buick Super Eight 1953. The Buick Super model appeared in 1940 in the catalog of the American manufacturer Buick. Also called the Buick “50 series” it was produced until 1958 before being replaced the following year by the Electra model. (Photo Cyril de Plater)

After traveling mother road in pieces for years, a few years ago he had the opportunity to ride the teams of Dominique Chapatte (M6 Turbo) for a month, which enabled him to complete the entire route of the contract.

Method 66 in the observation of photographic displays

He drew illustrations for a book entitled ” On Route 66 with Dominique Chapatte », published by M6 Editions. ” 66, everyone talks about it but no one knows “, explains Cyril de Plater. ” The magic works when you travel it in the direction of its construction, from east to west. I admit to having a soft spot for Flagstaff, Arizona, and also for the Twin Arrows area.. Not to mention the famous Bagdad restaurant, of course. »

About forty of these pictures will be the subject of an exhibition organized from Saturday September 17 to Sunday October 16 at the Château du Val-aux-Grès in Bolbec (76), near Fécamp. Admission is free, and performances are on view from 2:30 pm to 6 pm on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

In 1938, the future organization moved to Amboy, California.  Originally, it was a simple gas station operated by Roy Irvin and Velma Crowl.  In 1948, Herman Burris opened a restaurant near the station and built several bungalows.  The Roy's Motel & Café sign was erected in 1959, during the heyday of Route 66.
In 1938, the future organization moved to Amboy, California. Originally, it was a simple gas station operated by Roy Irvin and Velma Crowl. In 1948, Herman Burris opened a restaurant near the station and built several bungalows. The Roy’s Motel & Café sign was erected in 1959, during the heyday of Route 66.

In addition, you will discover another display, just as interesting, made up of pictures ofAnnie’s attitude, a lover of abandoned places where he aims to capture mysteries using an old rear-view mirror. His pictures, classified under the theme of “Retro Effect”, also deal with the subject of cars, another passion of his.

(photo Annie Gazé)
(photo Annie Gazé)

It opens on Friday September 16 from 6.30 pm and Saturday 17 from 2.30 pm in front of Philippe Lacarriére, partner of Dominique Chapatte on the M6 ​​/ Turbo program and specialist in Route 66.