Constantine Manos’ series, American Color, captures the vitality and bravado of the United States during the mid-1980s and early 1990s. Photographing mostly in exotic locales and at public events within the United States, such as Venice Beach, Atlantic City, Bike Week at Daytona Beach and Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Manos presents a kaleidoscopic view of the nation’s 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. Rather, the photos seem to exist in their own abstract universe. Pictured here, Daytona Beach, Florida. 1997.

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