This Land: An American Portrait


This Land: An American Portrait Author Jack Spencer
ISBN-10 1477311890
ISBN-13 9781477311899
Year 2017-03-28
Pages 284
Language English
Publisher University of Texas Press
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Jarred by the 9 11 attacks photographer Jack Spencer set out in 2003 in hopes of making a few sketches of America in order to gain some clarity on what it meant to be living in this nation at this moment in time Across thirteen years forty eight states and eighty thousand miles of driving Spencer created a vast encompassing portrait of the American landscape that is both contemporary and timeless This Land presents some one hundred and forty photographs that span the nation from Key West to Death Valley and Texas to Montana From the monochromatic and distressed black and white images that began the series to the oversaturated color of more recent years these photographs present a startlingly fresh perspective on America The breadth of imagery in This Land brings to mind the works of such American masters as Edward Hopper Grant Wood Mark Rothko and Albert Bierstadt while also evoking the sense of the open roads traveled by Woody Guthrie and Jack Kerouac Spencer s pictorialist vision embraces the sweeping variety of American landscapescoasts deltas forests deserts mountain ranges and prairiesand iconic places such as Mount Rushmore and Wounded Knee Jon Meacham writes in the foreword that Spencer s most surprising images are of a country that I suspect many of us believed had disappeared The fading churches the roaming bison the running horses Spencer has found a mythical world except it is real and it is now and it is ours

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