Michael Galinsky was only 20 years old when he took the advice of his NYU Photography Professor to travel across the country after she saw photos he had taken at his local mall in Garden City in Long Island, N.Y.
So in 1989 Galisnky and a friend got in their car and started what would become the ultimate summer road trip, hitting up over a dozen malls and three times as many thrift stores and antique shops. "The trip was kind of awful" Galinsky says in his new book, Malls Across America, which features photographs from his journey.
"We had no money, nowhere to stay, and no way of meeting people," he says. What they did find, however, was a fascinating look at '80s mall culture across the country. "At the time, the mall was the new public space, the new community center where people would interact," said Gallisnky "This was pre-Internet, pre-cellphone, there was smoking in malls, it was before the Gulf War. It was this weird moment in time where things were getting ready to change."