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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: powerHouse Books (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576876713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576876718
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book makes you want to rediscover your childhood hoop."
-NPR Michigan, Current State

"Robin Layton breaks basketball down to one of its most essential elements: the hoop."
-TIME, Sports

"The focus here is on the hoop, whether tacked to a tree or keeping lonely vigil over a playground."
-American Photo

"For anybody who ever saw a basketball hoop on the side of the road and felt the immediate urge to play on it, this book details that feeling in a tangible way via awesome imagery. And, it;s just cool to see hoops that some of the biggest players in the NBA started on."
-HoopsVibe

"Layton's camera pays homage to America's love for basketball."
-Seattle Business

 "Famouse or obscure, Layton consistently captures one thing in every picture--charater, which is impressive considering the breadth of the book."
-Slam

About the Author

Robin Layton is an artist, filmmaker, and has been a photojournalist for the past 25 years. At age 24, she was named one of the eight most talented photographers in America by LIFE magazine. Her documentary images have been featured by the Smithsonian and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. After an award-winning career in newspapers, including key positions with The Virginian-Pilot and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Robin embarked on a freelance career that has taken her on documentary assignments around the world—photographing everything from street people to presidents. She is the co-author and photographer of A Letter to My Dog: Notes to Our Best Friends (Chronicle, 2012). www.robinlayton.com

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Richard F Gaston
Hoop: the American dream is a beautiful book and photographer Robin Layton has captured the true essence of the sport.
Cathy Howland
I am not a Basketball fan, but love this book!
Nancy from Seattle

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard F Gaston on February 19, 2014
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I always played basketball. Starting at age 7 – maybe before. So did all my friends. A cement court with one basket and usually no net was our playground, often until pitch-black darkness. Once a year or so my dad bought us a new net so we could tell for sure whether or not a shot was good. The net lasted until winter, but we lasted a lot longer. We all played in high school, college intramurals, and the sport kept me fit and sane throughout graduate school and training. The winters of my three years in the military in Alaska were highlighted by regular all-out games, and my last shot was an uncontested layup that went in, but cost me an Achilles tendon. Since then I shoot but don’t play.
I think there are a million stories like mine. In my era it was mostly boys, but now girls live the basketball life as well. Robin’s book brings all of that back; I can’t put it down. I continue to follow basketball, and am familiar with almost all of the players and coaches who have added quotes and anecdotes to these pages, all well written and insightful.
But the best are Robin’s pictures, which capture the essence and emotions I was trying to describe above. She is an artist with the camera, and the constant is fabulous pictures of hoops, using multiple photographic styles and techniques. Pictures though fences, winter, blurred players with a ball visible in the air, night shots, reflections and shadows, hoops on trees and barns. Does that cover it? (No) I believe I have played on every single court (about a 100) in her book – at least they all look so familiar. If I haven’t maybe she will give me the GPS coordinates and I will go to those I have missed (all of them) and chuck up a few shots.
Although the pictures as a set tell a story about basketball, each picture is stand-alone great and I would happily display any one of them on a picture wall in my home.
You can tell I like/love the book. Great art – great memories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimberly Carney on October 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is such a beautiful, reflective book on basketball greats, their history with basketball, and the ordinary basketball hoop ... in any small town, big city, city park, parking lot ... it reflects the love we have for this game. A perfect gift for someone you love that loves basketball.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy from Seattle on October 25, 2013
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I am not a Basketball fan, but love this book! Robin Layton has the gift of pulling beauty from the most mundane objects to create visual compositions like no other. I am In the arts and find this book spectacular!
I look forward to her next endeavor.
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By Dana Hart on December 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Robin takes a simple object and makes it into art. A truly amazing book showcasing a wonderful talented artist. Every basketball lover should own this book.
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By Cathy Howland on November 22, 2013
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Hoop: the American dream is a beautiful book and photographer Robin Layton has captured the true essence of the sport. But this is so much more than a book about basketball...it's all about the artistry and creativity the photographer uses to capture the small, unique details from hoops across the country. Can't wait to share this with family and friends - this will make a great gift!!
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Robin is a master at transforming Basketball into a work of art. Both basketball and photography fans will have the opportunity to look at the sport through Robin's lens. I promise you it will change your view of the game from this day forward. This is a beautiful book and one that I will enjoy for many years to come.
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