Small town America

by Plowden, David.

Format: Print Book 1994
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In this book on the American scene, David Plowden turns to a part of American culture that was once common place but is now in danger of being lost or, at best, forever transformed. His photographs of barber shops, general stores and schoolhouses create a portrait of small town America.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Plowden is one of America's finest photographers, yet in the library his books seldom appear in the art collection, to which Melvil Dewey consigned photography. They instead turn up in the technology, social science, and history department because Plowden's passion is for the common cultural past represented by old buildings, machines, and furnishings. These he customarily captures in black-and-white, which facilitates seeing them as the traces--their living colors leached away by desuetude--of ways of living, such as those of the small towns that are his concern in this book, that we have too quickly discarded as we have raced toward the glut of material possessions promised by big technology. "The pace at which change is taking place has outdistanced our emotional ability to keep up with it," Plowden avers in his splendid (but poorly proofread) introductory essay. His coolly composed photos of such things as a school cloakroom with a half-dozen parkas and backpacks on its old-fashioned hooks make us feel the burn of the stretch great change has inflicted on American culture; make us feel, too, our ambivalence about that change as does the work of only one other great American artist, Edward Hopper. ~--Ray Olson"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In Plowden's portraits of backwater America--decaying Main Street, general store, blacksmith, farmer--it is the photographer who ascribes significance to his subject through intense selective vision, technical near-perfection and a guaranteed popular response that can be appealed to again and again. Thus the pictures here wrongly may seem simply to have been left out of Plowden's 18 previous books ( Commonplace ) though many are of recent vintage. In a lengthy foreword, he lovingly ticks off a roster of self-reliant hometown people he has known, and nostalgically, almost petulantly, bemoans the now nearly complete surrender of bygone days of horse wagons and railroads to the superhighway's arid malls and condominiums. Plowden fans will be richly rewarded. BOMC dividend selection. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects City and town life -- United States -- Pictorial works.
Cities and towns -- United States -- Pictorial works.
United States -- Social life and customs -- 1971- -- Pictorial works.
Publisher New York :H.N. Abrams,1994
Language English
Description 159 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
ISBN 0810938421
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