- Page Count: 128
- Size: 7.5 x 9.5 inches
- Format: Casebound
- Publication Date: June 2009
- Price: $32.95
- ISBN: 978-0-9799666-8-2
The objects that fill our lives are delivered on the trailers that truck drivers haul to and from farms, refineries, factories, docks, airports, warehouses and retail outlets. Without truckers the world’s consumer cultures would collapse. As integral parts of the global economy, truckers are too often taken for granted.
Drawing on her many years experience writing for a trucking industry trade magazine, Mary Richardson and her ensemble of photographers document the stories of truckers and their experiences on the road, pairing interviews and narratives with color and black and white photographs.
The book’s chapters examine the physical, emotional, technological and environmental consequences of this industry by humanizing the men, women and families that keep the engines running. As Richardson writes: “Truck drivers are realized human machines of the industrial age, if there were such a thing as a human machine molded of human hands, every moment shaped by heads spinning on bodies, spinning in a series of related tornadoes. And below their certain shyness something still radiates because they want to be heard.”
Truckers taps into the raw and ravaged diesel-fueled lives of these men and women on whom we all rely.