Three years after her extraordinary book "In China", Eve Arnold returns to her own country to reconsider it with the familiarity of a native and the fresh outlook of a visitor. The result is a magnificent collection of photographs that reveal both an expansive and an intimate vision of America and Americans today.
She takes us through a country both intensely familiar - the city skyline, the quietest small-town street, the fans at a baseball stadium - and stunning in turn: a prison chain gang in Texas, pig farming by computer in Iowa, the all-male Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence in San Francisco. She gives us the geographical face of America - a kaleidoscope of landscapes so various it is hard to believe they are all aspects of one nation - and a vast array of American faces: striking portraits of simplicity and depth. Ultimately, it is the endless variety - of people and their land - that Arnold's beautiful and moving book celebrates.
"In America" is a remarkable summation of the spirit and substance of the United States by a woman uniquely equipped to carry out so prodigious an undertaking.
Size: 11.8 x 11.8"
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (New York, 1983)