Eighty photographs, taken at a shutter speed of 1/250, add up to less than one second. Yet despite photography's boundless proliferation, Constantine Manos' images show that freezing a moment, however small, in time, can still be magical.
In "American Color", Manos has created a set of fascinating images that engage both the eye and mind in repeated viewings and contemplation. Photographing mostly in exotic locales and at public events within the United States, such as Venice Beach and Atlantic City, Bike Week at Daytona Beach and at Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Manos presents a kaleidoscopic view of American culture. As a showcase of the sundry layers of American society, the images are also a retrospective, presenting a man's curiosity for his country's kaleidoscopic diversity.
Although the pictures were made in the United States, they do not pretend to constitute a general or definitive statement about the country or its people. They are instead specific moments which cannot be categorized and which exist for their own sake. "American Color" is a collection photographs which charm, humor, mystify, and astonish, while asking questions without giving ready answers.
Size: 9 1/4 x 12 1/4"
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company (New York/London, 1995)