For his American Color series, Constantine Manos photographed the United States between 1984 and 1992. He worked on it between commercial assignments, seeking out areas of human activity and exploring places that have become emblematic of American culture, like New Orleans, Atlantic City and Daytona Beach, pictured here in 1987.

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

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.

© Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos
© Constantine Manos | Magnum Photos

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