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America 24/7 Hardcover – November 27, 2003

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America 24/7 reunites the team that started the popular A Day in the Life series of photography books, Rick Smolan and David Elliot Cohen. Those books sought to profile a single day in a country or city through pictures. Here, the concept is similar but far more epic in scope: photojournalistic, people-driven snapshots of young and old at work and play throughout the entire United States over a given time period (in this case, one week). Another twist this time is that more than 25,000 amateur and professional photographers snapped all of the pictures with digital cameras. From the million-plus photos submitted, 25,000 were chosen for a total of 53 volumes, one on America, one for each state, and one each for D.C. and New York City. The result is an amazing array of subjects, but all shot with a consistency of tone. Composition, lighting, and camera effects aren't as important as the content. the gener! al sentiment one gets from the images: Muslim high school girls jumping rope in traditional headcovers, Roller Bladers on the Brooklyn Bridge, electrical lineman students learning to climb telephone poles, Eve Fletcher, a 76-year-old California surfer, or Tonto, the "seeing-eye" miniature horse. There are babies, children, rites of passage, monuments, forests, circus performers, movie stars, and cattlemen. The images might be a tad sentimental, but not overly so. In addition, readers can order a custom book jacket at www.america24-7.com/customcover, using their own digital photo as the cover. --Eric Reyes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Adult/High School-More than 25,000 professional and amateur photographers were asked to capture the essence of life in their communities and tell their stories through the lens of a camera. Digital photography was chosen for the project because 2003 was the first year that Americans purchased more digital cameras than film cameras. The result is this collection of color images of everyday life in all its joys and sorrows. Essays by Charles Johnson, Robert Olen Butler, and Barbara Kingsolver, among others, introduce the divisions, such as "Sea to Shining Sea," and set the tone for what follows. It is a joy to see the common threads in the photographs no matter where, no matter whom. There is much to be savored, examined, and remembered in this extraordinary collection.-Peggy Bercher, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: DK (November 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405300124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405300124
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1.4 x 13.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,767,899 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The book has beautiful photographs and wonderful captions full of miniature stories. I ordered a cover, and when I had trouble with uploading (I'm not very computer literate) their customer service team got back to me in a day and they helped me through it -- even resizing my picture for me. My custom cover order came in three weeks. I have to say it was really worth the effort seeing the final cover in my hands. I'm surprised they don't charge us more for the whole thing. I've ordered many more as gifts. Their new site is easier to use and I was even able to track my order using the USPS tracking number they gave me. I would expect any company trying out a whole new idea to take a few months to get such a large operation together, but now its June and the site seems so be working great! I would give it another chance if you had problems in the past. I'm a satisfied customer and I hope they get more positive reviews because I know they're really trying their best.
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I bought this book as a gift after hearing about it on NPR. The custom cover looked fantastic. I'm not sure what happened with those customers who gave this a 1 star. My experience with the custom cover process and the service was extremely smooth. They told me it would take 3 weeks but I received it in 5 days. THERE'S NO BETTER GIFT FOR A SOMEONE INTERESTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY. GET READY FOR BIG HUGS AT THE UNWRAPPING!
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By A Customer on December 1, 2003
Format: Hardcover
To match the success of the famed "Day in the Life of America" is a feat in and of itself, but America 24/7 exceeds even that excellent work coupling photography and storytelling. This book goes one step further. By integrating technology and the vision of many more photographers, contributors and writers, the content is both timely and timeless, and represents a broad range of what 'America' is--an often difficult to define notion of a people joined under the common banner of perseverance, freedom, individuality and passion for ideals that remain unique in this world. This book is not just a book, it is history captured through the eyes and souls of many.
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By A Customer on October 16, 2003
Format: Hardcover
a first class photography volume. I was suprised to see America portrayed in such a traditional light but the pictures are a wonderful window into American life today. The book is hefty but with so many pictures you really get a chance to see the whole America.
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By Justme on December 29, 2007
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Very happy with the book itself. However, I am disappointed I was not notified prior to purchasing TWO for Christmas presents that you can no longer personalize the front cover. It should be noted for all customers to see. Also, never heard back from the company when I emailed my disappointment.
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I just visited China for a month and was asked several times, are there any Chinese in America? I said yes, and lots of other Asians as well. In the book, I found only one photograph of some Korean girls in Minnesota. What about the Chinese who built a good deal of California? Where are the Vietnamese we brought in as a result of the Vietnam War? How about the Japanese in Hawaii as well as the mainland? The book showed lots of African-Americans and some people from India and even some Muslims. (Was the latter some kind of political correctness.) A large and important part of our diverse population has been neglected in this book. I wanted to send a book to my new friends in China, but I'm afraid they would not get a true picture of who we are.
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Format: Hardcover
I LOVED THIS BOOK! It was the perfect one of a kind gift for my dad, who has everything. The book itself was a perfect visualization of America and the Custom Cover was a wonderful bonus offer. Where else can you get the chance to put your own image on a New York Times best seller?! I've read some reviews complaining about Custom Covers and I have to say that in my case and with most of my friends who have ordered, everything went smoothly -- their site was easy to use, customer service was prompt and helpful, shipment was on time and the cover print was excellent. I'd give them another try...I know I'll be ordering more Custom Covers.
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By A Customer on November 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I was very pleased to see this book at this point in our history when so many people are worried about the direction of our country. America 24/7 portrays the nation in a poignant yet realistic light. It is a very workable mix of grit and good old Americana. It is refreshing to see such an upbeat visual portrayal of our basic core values... essentially what it means to be an American citizen in 2003. I was first acquainted with this project through an outdoor art exhibit at Bryant Park in Manhattan. The exhibit was good. The book is better. Exquisitely printed and a bargain at Amazon's price.
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