Picks and Pans Review: In America
"I wanted America to sit for an informal, intimate portrait," writes photographer Arnold in her introduction. To that end, after 20 years of living and working abroad, the Philadelphia-born Arnold spent two years traveling in 36 states for the pictures that make up this extraordinary book. It opens with a photograph of a young woman playing a fife on Independence Day in Bucksport, Maine and closes with a jetliner climbing over rows of pastel-colored houses in Daly City, Calif. In between are such pictures as a lovely scene of a family saying the dinner blessing in Whitesburg, Ky., a shopping mall in Santa Monica, Calif., a hairy male stripper in a Union, N.J. club called Sneaky Pete's, a Navajo matriarch in Window Rock, Ariz. Perhaps one reason this collection is so vivid is, as Arnold suggests, that she came to the project after producing her much-praised volume of photographs on China. The two books cast light on utterly different societies. (Knopf, $35)
On Newsstands Now
- Kim's Delivery Room Drama!
- Katie: A Year After Split
- Princess Kate: Palace's Baby Plan Revealed
Pick up your copy on newsstands
Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine