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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: AMMO Books; 1 edition (November 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934429139
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934429136
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There are photographic projects where it becomes evident that the photographer is just a visitor, dropping in to take a photo-op, collect some photo-trophies and then rushes back home for the evening to spend time with their spouse and kids. With Zoe Strauss's recent project, 'America,' published by AMMO Books, I quickly understand that these rough and tumble neighborhoods of South Philly are where she lives. She is not a stranger, but a local, calling this area home." —Photo-Eye Magazine

About the Author

Born in Philadelphia, Strauss, a self-taught photographer was given a camera for her 30th birthday and started taking pictures of life in the city's marginal neighborhoods. Described as the chronicler of Philadelphia's mean streets and the town's own Diane Arbus, Under I-95 is the title of her attention-grabbing annual installation. Shows, awards, acclaim and fellowships soon followed the receipt fo her first camera - 2002 Leeway Grant, 2004 Arcadia Works on Paper award, 2005 Pew Fellow Award and Zoe Strauss Night at the Whitney Museum in 2006.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By WeHaveSixFeet on January 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This new book by Whitney Biennial alumna Zoe Strauss is going to be a classic. She has a strong, unique vision, showing the side of America that people don't always want to look at. At the same time, there's a lot of wry humor. When you see her images, you realize she's captured the essence of the past four years -- its surreal patriotism, greed, and the people left behind in the boom. It's one of my favorite photography books ever.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Rosen on August 16, 2009
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America is a wonderful collection of color 'street' photography showing the beautiful and gritty side of the U.S. There are plenty of photos to look at and if there's one complain it's that the paper seems a little thin. But the work itself is fantastic so well worth a look.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ian A. Adams on February 17, 2010
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Strauss is an inspiration and a master of the medium - I don't mean that in the oldschool zone system silver printing sense, I mean that she seems to have an instinctive (and finely crafted) understanding of what photography is for - seeing. Her images are curated from life so particularly, but seem to perfectly normal and instantly recognizable as real at first glance. They deserve a heart-racing quick readthrough followed immediately by hours of careful consideration.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Albert Yee on December 31, 2009
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Zoe Strauss takes us into her world with each frame. You don't really ease into her work, you have to jump in, both feet, into the abyss; but you won't be disappointed. Her color work across the United States from Philadelphia to Las Vegas (and she's traveled more since) shows us the similarities we all share. From the denizens of Philly's Kensington to Katrina ravaged Biloxi to Chicago's Cabrini Green to the edge of a forest in the Pacific northwest, we're all the same no matter what you might think. Strauss demonstrates this time and time again as you flip from page to page.

The book itself is a nice, big book too, landscape, roughly 8"x10". Apart from seeing her annual I-95 show (last one in 2010), this book is a wonderful way to get to know her work.
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Not too many works by modern photographers are destined to be classics or great but this is one of them. This is a more intimate view of America than Robert Frank's "The Americans" but it is just as we'll seen and brutally honest. Anyone who loves photography will be thrilled to have this book.
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