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Americans We. Photographs and text by Eugene Richards. At turns tender, funny, disturbing, and sublime, Richards's private work coheres like poetic verse. His talent for rendering the essence of an experience has never been so discernible as in this, his first project where sensibility reigns over subject. Ultimately, the photographs forge from darkness and light a vivid, idiosyncratic portrait of the American character. Also by Eugene Richards: Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue. 100 blackandwhite duotone photographs, ...
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Americans We. Photographs and text by Eugene Richards. At turns tender, funny, disturbing, and sublime, Richards's private work coheres like poetic verse. His talent for rendering the essence of an experience has never been so discernible as in this, his first project where sensibility reigns over subject. Ultimately, the photographs forge from darkness and light a vivid, idiosyncratic portrait of the American character. Also by Eugene Richards: Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue. 100 blackandwhite duotone photographs, 10 1/2 X 11, 132 pages. Hardcover.

"All too rare in an age of celebrity, Richards is a photographer whose subjects are the classic subjects of photojournalism: the hardworking, the forgotten, even the criminally insane. If we cannot recognize ourselves in all of Richard's portraits, we can find the humanity in everyone he photographs...Richards takes pictures we have not seen before and need to see."

Douglas Balz, The Chicago Tribune

Disparate pictures are miXed together from a range of stories he's done over the last 15 years. The result is lyrical, tender and affecting, each picture telling a story on its own and providing a piece of a larger tale."

New York Newsday

As a VISTA volunteer and civil-rights activist in the '60s, Eugene Richards has seen many faces of America. From years of poignant, often riveting and sometimes controversial reporting, comes Americans We. At turns tender, funny, disturbing, and sublime, these photos forge a vivid portrait of the American character. 100 photos.

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The first three volumes of a four-volume introduction to contemporary cognitive science. The volumes are self-contained, and can be used individually in a variety of advanced undergraduate and graduate courses. The first three volumes are: Volume 1: Language (65044- 4); Volume 2: Visual Cognition (65042-8); and Volume 3: Thinking (65043-6). All of the volumes in this edition contain substantially revised as well as entirely new chapters. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Gretchen Garner
Richards dedicates this summary of his photojournalistic coverage of the bleakest aspects of our culture to Robert Frank, who in "The Americans" (1959) challenged American complacency with his vision of lost souls in a land of depressing shadows. Richards offers a frightening, chaotic vision of desperate poverty and ever present violence that makes Frank's pictures look almost nostalgic. Richards is a brilliant photographer whose trademarks are working extremely close to the subject and a kind of quirky framing that results in bizarre, riveting compositions; no one uses the edge of the frame more powerfully. Yet, this book is not wholly successful. Compared with the more focused "Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue" (1994), it seems to embrace too big a subject. Furthermore, the self-absorbed sensitivity of Richards' text undermines the truly powerful impact of his photographs. Richards should have followed Frank's example and confined his contribution to the photographs ("The Americans"' only text was Jack Kerouac's oft-quoted introduction). Not Richards' best book, this is still an important addition for photography and journalism collections.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780893815943
  • Publisher: Aperture Foundation
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 132
  • Product dimensions: 10.88 (w) x 11.38 (h) x 0.83 (d)

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