BuzzFeed News features Wes Pope’s ‘Pop 66’ photo book

Assistant Professor Wes Pope captured a series of images along historic Route 66 with a pinhole camera made from a pop can for his soon-to-release book, 'Pop 66.'

BuzzFeed News recently featured images and an excerpt from Wes Pope’s photo book, “Pop 66: A Dreamy Pop Can Camera Odyssey Along Route 66,” in the article “16 Strange And Surreal Pictures That Perfectly Capture America” by Gabriel Sanchez.

Pope, an assistant professor in the UO School of Journalism and Communication and co-director of the school’s Multimedia Journalism Master’s program, used a pop can as a pinhole camera to take photos during a series of trips along Route 66, a historic 2,448-mile road stretching from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Over the course of nearly 20 years, the photojournalist strived to capture in black and white the character of the places he visited and the individuals he met on the iconic highway. He dedicated the gallery to his mother, who recently passed away.

The book’s promotional video explains Pope’s unique photographic process.

‘Pop 66’ is available for pre-order now and will be released on March 1, 2018.

Becky Hoag is a junior double-majoring in journalism and environmental life science. This is her second term interning for the SOJC Communications Office. She is the editor-in-chief of UO’s environmental publication, Envision Magazine, and the president of UO’s Society of Professional Journalists chapter. She is interested in being a research scientist and freelance environmental and scientific journalist. You can view her work at