The road: a photography special

It offered escapism and adventure to generations of would-be hipsters. Now the road is more crowded, our petrol habit needs kicking and the weather is turning bad. The photographers in our special issue reveal the road’s possibilities – and limitations 

The Italian photographer’s landscapes of the island, made more than 35 years apart, favour the peripheral over the monumental

Henry Mance plugged in, turned on and hit Interstate 80 to find out

Man Ray’s photograph ‘Dust Breeding’ was the inspiration and the departure point for a journey through the Chilean desert

The photographer travelled through Europe at the height of rave culture. She describes how it shaped her life

The Japanese photographer is drawn to passing strangers as they speed by on their motorbikes