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Rich Saal's 'Counter Culture' Photos Track Mom & Pop Shops

It's well known that with the increased popularity and domination of big-box stores came the decrease in demand for mom & pop shops. Many across the country have struggled to stay afloat, and many have closed down. That's certainly what photographer Rich Saal found when earlier this year, he revisited the locations of independent stores he had photographed as a college student in southern Illinois in the early eighties.

While the stores were virtually all gone - some of the people connected to them weren't - and often, new businesses stood in their place. You can find a link to the Counter Culture project, comparing photographs from past and present and linking their histories, here.

Saal is the Photo Editor for The State Journal-Register. Listen to the interview about the project:

Rachel Otwell of the Illinois Times is a former NPR Illinois reporter.
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