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Greta Pratt: Using History Hardcover – November 15, 2005


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  • Hardcover: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Steidl (November 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3865211291
  • ISBN-13: 978-3865211293
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 11 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,870,478 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Ohmans on December 30, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you like driving across America in search of the surreal, the goofy, and the oddly moving, then you'll love Greta Pratt's new book, Using History. Pratt is a master of the affectionate double-take, gently exposing American pretensions without mocking the people she documents. Her bemused photos of dead-serious practioners of "living history," offer a wry commentary on US history that you won't find in any civics text.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Daily on December 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
America is a relatively young country and perhaps it is the proximity of our "history" that makes us celebrate their past in such interesting ways. Greta Pratt's photographs show how Americans celebrate their nation's past with strong dedication and passion. But rather than just "exhibiting" kids dressed up as confederate soldiers, or the nine Abe Lincolns on a log, Pratt's portraitures give them an air of nobility, or at the least, ask respect for how dedicated they can be and for their very real, albeit sometimes peculiar, passion for their history.

Some photographs are bitingly funny, some are beautiful, but all have something to say, or at least something worthy to show.

A great addition to any photography collection or for anyone fascinated by how strange and wonderful America/Americans can be.
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