In the project American Color, Constantine Manos created unique and complex images that freeze surprisingly disparate elements together in a single fascinating frame. Photographing in crowded public places and many unique locales in the United States, such as Venice Beach and Atlantic City, and during special events like Bike Week in Daytona Beach and Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Manos presents a kaleidoscope of the country. The photographs 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. Pictured here, people embrace in New York City, 2001.

By choosing a precise intersection between subject and time, he may transform the ordinary into the extraordinary and the real into the surreal

Constantine Manos
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Constantine Manos was born in Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.A., of Greek immigrant parents. His photographic career began in the school camera club at the age of thirteen, and within several years, he was a working professional. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in English Literature.

Upon completion of his military service, he moved to New York, where he worked for Esquire, LIFE, and Look. These projects were all shot in black and white and led toward his career-defining work in the isolated villages of Greece. And then it all changed, as Manos wilfully switched to colour, which resulted in two books – American Color and American Color 2.

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