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Born and raised in rural Connecticut, Peter Bacon Hales graduated from Haverford College in 1972. After a short period in New York as a photographer, writer and musician, he moved to Texas, where he studied with the photographers Russell Lee and Garry Winogrand and the cultural historians William H. Goetzmann and William Stott, receiving MA and Ph.D. degrees in American Civilization. While in Texas, he was a part of Austin's rich music scene, playing pedal steel guitar in c&w bands and lead guitar in the Texas Express, a Chicano-conjunto-rock quartet based in Lockhart, Texas. After living and photographing in San Francisco and Los Angeles, he completed his first book, SILVER CITIES: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF AMERICAN URBANIZATION, which was published by Temple University Press in 1984, winning a number of academic and writing prizes. Since that time he has written essays and books looking at aspects of the American cultural landscape, from the American West to the postwar suburbs. ATOMIC SPACES: LIVING ON THE MANHATTAN PROJECT, published in 1999, won the Hoover Prize and was runner-up for the Parkman Prize in American History. Long out of print and in demand, his seminal SILVER CITIES was published in a vastly expanded and revised form by the University of New Mexico Press in 2006. For many years a faculty member in the Art History Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago, he has collaborated with photographers, writers and scholars in Chicago and across the globe on writing, visual, and web-based projects. He was the founding director of UIC's American Studies Institute, which runs programs for teachers and scholars around the globe. Currently dividing his time between Chicago and a small farm in Stone Ridge, New York, he continues to write about, and photograph, the changing American landscape.