From Sea to Shining Sea : A Portrait of America / Edition 1

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Magnum photographer Kubota's colour pictures portray the beauty and diversity of a vast land, as well as the many facets of America.

From the bison of the Western plains to a village meeting in New England, from the towering office blocks of New York's fiancial centre to the pueblo dwellings of New Mexico, from factory workers in Detroit to dirt farmers in the Southeast, Japanese-born photographer Kubota traveled the United States for three years and used more than 3500 rolls of film to produce this beautiful collection.

Although there have been many recent photographic books about America, almost all have been compilations of images from many different photographers, or books on very narrow themes. Kubota's work, however, is spectacularly different. Never before has one man traveled so many miles and taken so many glorious photos as this noted Magnum photographer. Features a foreword by Charles Kuralt. 174 full-color photographs.

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Library Journal
Kubota, a Japanese-born photojournalist, traveled around the United States for three years and took more than 3500 rolls of film to put together this beautiful work. The book is divided into ten geographical regions, but the photographs represent a composite of an extremely large and diverse country. Creating a ``mural of America,'' as Charles Kuralt states in the introduction, Kubota offers natural landscapes, human-made structures, and the American people at work, play, and worship. Many of the photographic themes are predictable and a bit trite, but they are so beautifully captured that the photos can give the viewer a new light on an old subject. An excellent addition to the ever-increasing library of photographic works on the United States. -- Melinda Stivers Leach, Precision Editoral Svces., Wondervu, Col.
Gilbert Taylor
Snapped in 1990 and 1991, this set of glossies differentiates itself from the coffee-table pack in two ways. First, it is the product of a single shutterbug's vision unlike collective efforts a la National Geographic's Day in the Life series of country portraits; and second, the 174 scenes are identified only by place. Without any leading captions directing one's reaction, the viewer sits back and neutrally sees how Kubota sees the U.S. If Norman Rockwell had picked up a camera instead of a brush, this album would have been the result. People go to church, to the factory, to parades, to ski slopes, to beaches and carnivals, all the while waving Old Glory. Salt-of-the-earth types attract his eye: New England fishermen, Amish farmers, wild rice harvesters, and rodeo riders. So too do the scenes of expansive natural beauty that foreigners Kubota is Japanese classically associate with America. Thus lustrous aerial depictions of Niagara Falls, Crater Lake, Mt. McKinley Denali, the Grand Canyon, and the Great Plains not only pronounce the awesomeness of these places but also echo with the photographer's crystalline technique. Yes, Kubota magnifies, celebrates, even sentimentalizes Americana, but when presented with such veteran skill born of a newcomer's unobtrusive engagement with his subjects eye contact with the lens is rare, this country indeed seems a beautiful, vibrant place. Foreword by national extoller Charles Kuralt.
A potpourri of colors, flavors, and human and natural expression in America, as captured by Japanese-born photographer Kubota. This dynamic collection of color photographs is arranged by region (with end-notes describing locations), and accompanied (but not encumbered) by a brief introduction from Charles Kuralt and commentary by the photographer about his work and point of view. A traveling exhibition of these photographs is planned. 12.25x11.75" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393034103
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/17/1992
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 12.50 (w) x 11.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Hiroji Kubota is a member of Magnum, the renowned photojournalist cooperative. He has published numerous photographic volumes including Japan, China and From Sea to Shining Sea.

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