Gas and Glamour is a tribute to America’s golden age of the automobile, a time when cars themselves were objects of beauty and the act of driving was celebrated. Those cars are no longer on the streets today, but the celebratory roadside vernacular architecture from that era remains.
As a photographer, I wanted to connect with that lost design history and capture L.A.’s car-culture-induced optimism and ambition reflected in polychromatic, star-spangled coffee shops, gas stations, car washes, and other structures that once lured the gaze of passing motorists.
Ashok Sinha shoots lifestyle and creative culture through a contemporary architectural lens and creates large-scale photographs that capture a sense of place tied to natural and built environments. He has made photographs in all seven continents and his works have been published by editorial outlets such as The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Interior Design, and exhibited at The Museum of the City of New York, the International Center of Photography, and The Royal Photographic Society. He is the author of the best-selling ‘Gas and Glamour’, an art book of Los Angeles roadside buildings from the golden age of car culture.