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From Sea to Shining Sea: A Portrait of America

Japanese photographer Hiroji Kubota's travels throughout the United States to portray the beauty and enormous range of characters in this vast country

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Hiroji Kubota | From Sea to Shining Sea The International Balloon Fiesta. Albuquerque, USA. 1990. © Hiroji Kubota | Magnum Photos
Hiroji Kubota | From Sea to Shining Sea New York City, USA. 1989. © Hiroji Kubota | Magnum Photos
Hiroji Kubota | From Sea to Shining Sea 1990 was the 100th anniversary of the massacre at Wounded Knee. These Indians are traveling to the grave site to honor the members of the Sioux tribe who were slaughtered by General George Custer's (...)
Hiroji Kubota | From Sea to Shining Sea Members of the Leech Lake Indian Reservation using simple flails to beat the rice into eighteen-foot canoes in Winnibigoshish Lake. Minnesota, USA. 1990. © Hiroji Kubota | Magnum Photos
Hiroji Kubota | From Sea to Shining Sea Taos, USA. 1989. © Hiroji Kubota | Magnum Photos
Hiroji Kubota | From Sea to Shining Sea The 'Big Rodeo' event in Nebraska by the Pro Rodeo Cowboys Association. North Platte, USA. 1990. © Hiroji Kubota | Magnum Photos
Hiroji Kubota | From Sea to Shining Sea Christmas tree in front of the New York Stock Exchange. New York City, USA. 1988. © Hiroji Kubota | Magnum Photos
Hiroji Kubota | From Sea to Shining Sea The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is visited by thousands of people annually. Washington D.C., USA. 1991. © Hiroji Kubota | Magnum Photos
Hiroji Kubota | From Sea to Shining Sea The Mobil Cotton Bowl Classic, cheerleaders from Kilgore College. Dallas, USA. 1990. © Hiroji Kubota | Magnum Photos
Hiroji Kubota | From Sea to Shining Sea Spring break at a resort near the Mexican border. South Padre Island, USA. 1990. © Hiroji Kubota | Magnum Photos
Hiroji Kubota | From Sea to Shining Sea Hot Springs National Park is situated fifty miles west of Little Rock and is managed by the National Park Service. The modern Health Spa includes this comprehensive rehabilitation center which take (...)
Hiroji Kubota | From Sea to Shining Sea The Idatarod Trail Dog Sled Race has been held each March since 1973 on a 1,163-mile competition course, from Anchorage to Nome. Anchorage, USA. 1991. © Hiroji Kubota | Magnum Photos
Hiroji Kubota | From Sea to Shining Sea The Puerto Rican Day Parade in Midtown. New York City, USA. 1990. © Hiroji Kubota | Magnum Photos
Hiroji Kubota | From Sea to Shining Sea Kotzebue, located just above the Arctic Circle, is America's oldest Eskimo community. Alaska, USA. 1991. © Hiroji Kubota | Magnum Photos

In his introduction to this book, Charles Kuralt writes, “[Kubota] is the impulse of human beings from the first primitive cave painter – to make a record of the things by which we are awed, so that others passing this way will know what we have seen and felt. This brilliant cave painting of his, this mural of America, will endure to notify and instruct the generations to come: however we may look to you, in America in the late twentieth century, this is how we were.”

Hiiroji’s Kubota’s From Sea to Shining Sea show a vast land of extraordinary diversity – its beautiful landscape and its people reflect a continuity of vision that enhances our understanding of the many facets of America – from the majestic bison of the western plains to a town meeting in New England; from the towering offices of New York’s financial center to the Pueblo dwellings in New Mexico; and from the factory workers in Detroit to dirt farmers in the Southeast. The result of Kubota’s efforts is indeed, as Kuralt says, “a mural of America.”