Penfield, Ohio

In 1988, I embarked on a project traveling American back roads by car (mostly) to all fifty states, for the purpose of photographing houses with regional character. A decade later, after making over a thousand "house portraits," I chose one representative image from each state and collected them in a book. Fifty Houses: Images from the American Road was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2002 and is available from

All photographs ©2006 Sandy Sorlien