Donatella Davanzo

Donatella Davanzo is an anthropologist and photographer, who is pursuing her doctorate in American Studies at the University of New Mexico (UNM). She is the Center for Southwest Research at UNM’s Route 66 Fellow, and kindly allowed us to use some of the photos from her unique thesis project on this web-site. Donatella has been photographing every building along Route 66 in Albuquerque, which is the largest uninterrupted segment of Route 66 left in an urban area. Her photographs are purely architectural and through them she is examining how people transform landscape and how buildings reflect their culture. In her daily methodical walk down Route 66, she started at the mountains and worked her way South to the Mesa, Davanzo took 7500 photographs over the course of two years, which are now part of the Center for Southwest Research’s collection.  These images offer a unique view into Albuquerque’s diverse cultures,  American roadside architecture and how Route 66 continues to be a vibrant muse today!



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