Michael Itkoff
  • Wrecked: Demolition Derby

    Photographer Michael Itkoff has long been fascinated by the central role of the car in American life, and when he stumbled upon his first demolition derby in 2006, he quickly became addicted to the unique spectacle of barely controlled chaos. Here, cars are flagged at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., July 2008.
    Michael Itkoff
  • Wrecked: Demolition Derby

    Over the next four years Michael Itkoff traveled through rural counties in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey, documenting these acts of willful destruction. Here, cars are lining up at Warren County Fair in Phillipsburg, N.J., July 2008.
    Michael Itkoff
  • Wrecked: Demolition Derby

    In Itkoff's photographs, it seems as if the steaming wrecks had taken on an almost spiritual vitality in their final moments. Here, cars sit head to head after crashing into one another at Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, N.Y., July 2008.
    Michael Itkoff
  • Wrecked: Demolition Derby

    Car prep, New Egypt Raceway, New Egypt, N.J., July 2008.
    Michael Itkoff
  • Wrecked: Demolition Derby

    Katie Lyons, New Egypt Raceway, New Egypt, N.J., April 2008.
    Michael Itkoff
  • Wrecked: Demolition Derby

    Hung up, New Egypt Raceway, New Egypt, N.J., April 2008.
    Michael Itkoff
  • Wrecked: Demolition Derby

    Heat #13, Warren County Fair, Honesdale, Pa., July 2008.
    Michael Itkoff
  • Wrecked: Demolition Derby

    Derby contestants, Wyoming County Fair, Meshoppen, Pa., Aug. 2008.
    Michael Itkoff
  • Wrecked: Demolition Derby

    Heat #6, Bridgeport Speedway, Bridgeport Speedway, Bridgeport, N.J., July 2008.
    Michael Itkoff
  • Wrecked: Demolition Derby

    Brian Smith, Maniac Car No. 116, New Egypt Speedway, New Egypt, N.J., April 2008.
    Michael Itkoff
  • Wrecked: Demolition Derby

    Demolition Derby No. 26, Shartlesville, Pa., October 2006.
    Michael Itkoff
  • Wrecked: Demolition Derby

    Demolition Derby No. 28, Shartlesville, Pa., October 2006.
    Michael Itkoff
  • Wrecked: Demolition Derby

    Demolition Derby No. 41, Shartlesville, Pa, October 2006.
    Michael Itkoff
  • Wrecked: Demolition Derby

    Demolition Derby Heat #9, Orange County Fair Speedway, Middletown, New York, June 2008.
    Michael Itkoff
  • Wrecked: Demolition Derby

    Seth wins, New Egypt Speedway, New Egypt, N.J., April 2008. See more at <a href="http://www.michaelitkoff.com/">michaelitkoff.com</a>
    Michael Itkoff
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