For over 35 years, Sam Fentress has been making documentary photographs of religious messages along the road, from Ferguson to Los Angeles, from Bushwick to Bangalore. These signs are made by ordinary people from elements of everyday life. He has documented signs on auto repair shops, hair salons, barns, and cars, trucks, and buses across 49 states. While he once considered this a distinctly American phenomenon, his recent work includes signs in Bangalore, London, Kuala Lumpur, and Hong Kong.

Thursday, January 18, 2018
6:00 pm–8:00 pm 

First Things Editorial Offices 
35 East 21st St, Sixth Floor
New York, New York

Based in St. Louis, Sam Fentress has been photographing architecture and interiors since 1982. Raised in Nashville and Detroit, he graduated from Princeton University and received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Art Institute of Chicago. His work documenting the built environment in St. Louis and beyond has been published in over 100 magazines worldwide. He has photographed in 49 states, Spain, India, Saudia Arabia, and China. With Osmund Overby he is the co-author of William Adair Bernoudy, Bringing the Legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright to St. Louis, published by the University of Missouri Press in 1999, with a foreword by Gyo Obata.