- Hardcover: 96 pages
- Publisher: René Clement (2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9081713515
- ISBN-13: 978-9081713511
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,542,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Promising Land Hardcover – 2011
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Promising Land - Land vol Beloften, is a photo-essay on Dutch Americans in Orange City, Iowa. The project began with a a series of portraits in the tradition of the Dutch master painters, drawing upon their use of soft light and stark, black backgrounds. This was followed by a series of landscapes in which the photographer took his subjects out of the studio environment and put them, still in costume, straight into modern life, smack in the middle of American culture. The result are beautiful and often funny photographs. Promising Land explores how communities and individuals persist in their identification even in, or precisely because of, the new contexts in which they find themselves. It is also a teasing exploration of the limits of such identities - how deep and how wide do they extend? How open is tradition to new interpretations and applications? At its heart, though, it is also an appropriate tribute to a community that, after a span of almost one and a half centuries, can justifiably be proud of what they have accomplished and who they are. 'Capturing portraits of residents in costume for the celebratory parades, along with some collaborative posed work, creating visionary landscapes like beautiful, bastardized classical Dutch paintings, Clement has put together a body of work that portrays brilliantly the confused identity of a latter-generation immigrant.' - GUP Magazine. Promising Land was awarded the second runner-up prize in the fine arts category of Blurb.com’s annual international Photography Book Now competition.