Philip Howard worked as a photographer for a number of magazines before becoming a lawyer and civic leader in New York. His frustrations with mindless bureaucracy led him to become an expert and best-selling author on how legal structures affect human behavior (TED Talk: Four Ways to Fix a Broken Legal System).

His photographs strive to capture two very different aspects of modern society—banal linear landscapes of roads and rails, and timeless portraits of people who live in these repetitive settings.