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Ben Huff: The Last Road North
at the Alaska State Museum
February 1 – March 16, 2013

"Completed in 1974, Alaska’s Dalton Highway (known locally as the haul road) is the northernmost road in America. At 489 miles, the predominantly dirt road follows the upper half of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, and is maintained exclusively as the transportation route for the oil fields at Prudhoe Bay. The road was opened to the public in 1994. My journeys on the road began with a day trip, with my wife, to the Arctic Circle in the summer of 2007. On our way home, I imagined what unfurled behind us in the rear view, atop this dirt thread, shadowed by steel, serving as the physical and psychological line between wilderness and progress. I was intoxicated by the long hours making photographs and the countless miles behind the wheel - time punctuated with heartbreaking beauty and broken windshields. I exposed my first sheet of film from the road later that fall, and the last sheet in the Summer of 2012. The haul road is void of stoplights and stop signs. Void of crossroads and shortcuts, fast food and coffee shops. Here are only the necessities of oil. Only this road crosses the Yukon River, Arctic Circle, Brooks Range, the North Slope and eventually terminates at the Arctic Ocean. North or South - advancing or retreating. The Last Frontier, yet here we are."

Ben Huff
2013

Photographs by Sara Boesser

316 mile. waiting trucks, Chandalar Shelf

2011

173 mile. outhouse, Finger Mt. wayside

2008

249 mile. Kevin

2011

179 mile. help

2010

286 mile. Steven and Alice

2011

250 mile. rooms available, Coldfoot

2010

250 mile. crash board, Coldfoot

2008

34 mile. party, Chatanika River

2009

323 mile. Thomas

2012

83 mile. midnight light, driving

45 mile. Ed

2011

315 mile. facing south, Chandalar Shelf

2012

75 mile. Alfred

2011

117 mile. headlights in winter

2010

367 mile. road and pipeline

2009

488 mile. approaching Deadhorse

2008

489 mile. Dalton Style, Deadhorse

2010

489 mile. oil rig, Deadhorse

2010