Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
50 Main Street: The Face of America Hardcover – July 4, 2012
Top 20 lists in Books
View the top 20 best sellers of all time, the most reviewed books of all time and some of our editors' favorite picks. Learn more
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
This is a wonderful documentary portrait, a personal cross section of the country in a post-industrial, complicated moment in time.”
Ken Burns, documentary filmmaker (The Civil War, Baseball, Prohibition)
You want authentic? Look at the guy on the cover. He’s the real deal, just like everyone else in 50 Main Street. This book matters. Not because it’ll make you smile, and not because it’s filled with pretty pictures. It matters because it’s authentic. 50 Main Street is a genuine tribute to strangers you’ve always known, and old friends you’ve never met. It’s a journey back home, no matter where you come from, or what your address might be.”
Mike Rowe, Dirty Jobs
As a lover of people, places and pictures, I get a wonderful, warm feeling looking at this book and it was fun seeing my name mentioned in it.”
This book shows that the success of one man’s dream is a reason for us all to dream.”
This work is not a style manifesto, it is not radical in brand new photographic strategies . . . it does not have to be as it follow she path of deep experience within all of human history . . . the experience of deep optimism and kindness. Each picture rests in the belly of the soul of generosity . . . in doing so they give one a view of America which has been diminished and needs to be revisited . . . Piero is a visualist of profound moral worth. His pictures allow one to hope and smile . . .”
Larry Fink, photographer
50 Main Street is an epic achievement. It gives me a real sense of who we are in this country, as individuals and as a whole. Whether we are from the East, the West or the heart of America we are all different yet similar. I really appreciate the sense of commonality and community expressed in this book.”
Wayne Wang, film director (The Joy Luck Club, Smoke, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan)
50 Main Street is a big, wide-open window into the heart and soul of America. Insightful, gorgeous, and deeply moving.”
Larry Samuel, author of The American Dream: A Cultural History
For his ambitious and uplifting book of photos, Ribelli (Jah Pickney: Children of Jamaica), an Italian émigré, embarked on a six-year mission to fight discord,” argues historian Douglas Brinkley in his foreword. Visiting 50 towns in 50 states, and one address50 Main Streethe tells the stories of 50 Americans and their families. In California, George Sylva escapes a violent childhood in East L.A., joins the Navy as a combat cameraman, then builds a career in Hollywood before opening a boxing gym, where he helps teens troubled by gang violence. In Westfield, Mass., a doctor, Angel Morales, one of nine children sent to orphanages after his mother’s illness, becomes the first person in his family to go to college. Pearl Harbor has no such address (it was destroyed in the 1941 attack), so Ribelli meets Robin Tupa at her office at 174 Main St.the lowest of the remaining addresses. Ribelli’s subjects are posed at home, work, and play, and he includes many supplementary photos to capture the essence of a place, usually with success, such as his shot of a nearly empty Jersey Shore. Some photos approach postcard cliché, though, such as a misty shot of the Oregon coastline. Ribelli’s experiences and perceptions are interwoven with his written profiles, and while at times distracting, they reveal an enthusiastic storyteller.
About the Author
More About the Author
Ranging from travel, portraiture and photojournalism, his photographs have appeared in magazines around the world, including The Daily Mail and Jazz Express in England, Esquire Japan, Skywritings in Jamaica, L'Espresso and Conde Nast Traveler in Italy, Focus in Germany, Publishers Weekly and The New York Times in the United States.
In 1996, he produced his first photographic book, "Jah Pickney, Children of Jamaica," (Ian Randle Publishers) an exploration of the similarities he found between his own childhood growing up in Italy and the lifestyle of the Jamaican children he encountered throughout the island.
In 2002, he published his second book, "Zoo York, an Animal Lover's View of Manhattan," (Castle on the Hill Press) his way of expressing the passion for wildlife while, at the same time, sharing with others the splendor of New York City.
In 2012, he published "50 MAIN STREET, The Face of America" (Cameron + Co) a visual tour de force that portrays 50 people in 50 towns in each one of the 50 states, all found at the same address. In telling the stories of people with something undeniably in common, the book inspires the reader to focus on all that we share as humans, rather than dwell on the differences.
In 2013, he co-authored the book "DJ, The Dog Who Rescued Me," (Turn The Page Publishing) a poignant tale of how the love of an animal brought the writer out of depression, and gave him a new appreciation of the world around him.
Exhibitions of his work have been staged in Italy, Jamaica and New York, including an exhibit at the United Nations sponsored by UNICEF.
He has appeared on television and radio shows - NBC's Today Show - CBS, A Slice of Life - JTB, Morning Time, and RAI.
Top Customer Reviews
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought it used on the basis of a review on Mike (Dirty Jobs) Rowe's facebook page - Great to look through while enjoying the spring afternoons - quaity photos, printing and binding... Read morePublished 20 months ago by bestlab
my purchase arrived ahead of schedule and to my pleasant surprise I received a hardback coffee table book in place of the used paper back I ordered. Read morePublished 22 months ago by DENNIS LEE BOTTENFIELD
Very, Very good book. Well done, pictures were great. The 55 Main Street for Maryland article well written. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Elizabeth A. Schubert
Written & photographed by someone who embodies the American immigrant story, Piero Ribelli's "50 Main Street" captures the diversity and heart that is the USA. Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Megan E. Hardwick
What an intriguing concept and what a wonderful execution of said concept. The kind of book I would like to write, if I had the talent and imagination. Time, too. Read morePublished on December 13, 2012 by Michigan Reviewer
50 MAIN STREET is a heartfelt and humble piece of the American pie that
brings a world of perspective about people... humans... Read more