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American Color

Moments of charm reveal themselves in vivid color through Constantine Manos's photographs of the United States

Constantine Manos

Constantine Manos | American Color Louisiana, USA. 1982. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | American Color Dallas, USA. 1989. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | American Color Daytona Beach, USA. 1988. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | American Color Marshfield, USA. 1987. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | American Color Coney Island. New York City, USA. 1987. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | American Color Daytona Beach, USA. 1994. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | American Color Daytona Beach, USA. 1994. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | American Color New Orleans, USA. 1982. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | American Color Mardi Gras. In the doorway of a gay bar in the French Quarter. New Orleans, USA. 1993. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | American Color Dallas, USA. 1985. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | American Color Venice Beach. Los Angeles, USA. 1993. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | American Color San Francisco, USA. 1982. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | American Color Miami Beach, USA. 1985. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | American Color Coney Island. New York City, USA. 1982. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | American Color Hollywood, USA. 1995. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | American Color Daytona Beach, USA. 1988. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | American Color Atlantic City, USA. 1987. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
Constantine Manos | American Color Daytona Beach, USA. 1986. © Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos

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 Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Constantine Manos presents a kaleidoscopic view of American culture. Although the pictures were taken 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.

In his preface to his book American Color Manos says, “The flow of people in a setting, their changing relationship to each other and their environment, and their constantly changing expressions and movements – all combine to create dynamic situations which provide the photographer with limitless choices of when to push the button. By choosing a precise intersection between subject and time, he may transform the ordinary into the extraordinary and the real into the surreal.”