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Americans We

Richards, Eugene

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ISBN 10: 0893815942 / ISBN 13: 9780893815943
Published by Aperture, NY, 1994
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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123pp. B&W illus. Fine oversized hardback/Fine DJ (still in shrinkwrap). Bookseller Inventory # 16160

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Title: Americans We

Publisher: Aperture, NY

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

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In the course of his extraordinary career as a photo-journalist, Eugene Richards has seen many faces of America. From years of poignant, often riveting and sometimes controversial reporting, both on and off assignment, comes Americans We. In turn tender, funny, disturbing, and sublime, Richards's photographs and writing cohere like poetic verse. His talent for rendering the very essence of contemporary life has never before been so discernable, whether depicting a Memorial Day parade, the birth of a child, an inmate on death row, or a farm couple threatened with foreclosure. From darkness and light Richards forges a vivid and idiosyncratic portrait of the American experience.

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Richards dedicates this summary of his photojournalistic coverage of the bleakest aspects of our culture to Robert Frank, who in The Americans (1959) challenged American complacency with his vision of lost souls in a land of depressing shadows. Richards offers a frightening, chaotic vision of desperate poverty and ever present violence that makes Frank's pictures look almost nostalgic. Richards is a brilliant photographer whose trademarks are working extremely close to the subject and a kind of quirky framing that results in bizarre, riveting compositions; no one uses the edge of the frame more powerfully. Yet, this book is not wholly successful. Compared with the more focused Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue (1994), it seems to embrace too big a subject. Furthermore, the self-absorbed sensitivity of Richards' text undermines the truly powerful impact of his photographs. Richards should have followed Frank's example and confined his contribution to the photographs (The Americans' only text was Jack Kerouac's oft-quoted introduction). Not Richards' best book, this is still an important addition for photography and journalism collections. Gretchen Garner

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