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Malls Across America

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  31 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Throughout the 1980s, as America's downtown districts declined in importance and the "big-box" stores began their slow march across the country, malls became increasing central to American popular culture, dominating the social life of a large swath of the population. In 1989 Michael Galinsky, a twenty-year-old photographer, drove across the country recording this change: ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Gerhagerrd Steidl (first published October 15th 2012)
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Jan 11, 2014 Troy rated it really liked it
Oh, if these photographs were only laid out more thoughtfully. So much is lost in the two-page spreads with the subject divided right down the center.

That being my chief (and only) complaint about this charming book, it's still absolutely worth a look.
Aug 12, 2016 Rachy rated it it was ok
Shelves: photography, 2014
When I saw Malls Across America sitting on the library shelf I couldn't resist, so I sat down and quickly went through it. I guess the point of this book is to show the monotony of America i.e. malls, which has gotten worse since these photographs were taken in the 1980s. I was aware of this book's existence from some website that named it as one of the best photography books of the last year, an assessment I disagree with as most of the photos were grainy and badly cropped. There is no ...more
Elaine Meszaros
Dec 03, 2014 Elaine Meszaros rated it really liked it
Had I been shown this photo collection at the time of its taking I would have scoffed, even though I'd barely have been in my teens. Compositionally, these are some pretty lousy photos - blurry, too dark and often oddly cropped. But the content is pure 80s mall gold. It's all there, baby. The huge, teased spiral perms, pinned jeans with socks over the top, white Nike high-tops, gobs of gold chains, cut-off neon tank tops and Guess? logos galore. There are all the hot stores, too - Sam Goody, ...more
Hank Stuever
Sep 06, 2016 Hank Stuever rated it really liked it
Nothing particularly amazing or special about these photographs, except ... that ineffable miracle of time, how something that looks present-tense can't help but slip away and become part of the past. The Internet has made hay with slide shows of Michael Galinsky's photographs (the hair! The stores! The high-waisted pants! The hair!); many people sent me links to different sites that wrote about his work, knowing my affinity for malls and the 1980s (what we see here are the very late '80s here, ...more
Aug 01, 2014 Cole rated it liked it
This book taps into several different fascinations of mine, and I was so excited to get my hands on it. Overall, though, the construction seems fairly thoughtless and what should be really interesting ends up coming across as lifeless and dull. There are some great photographs here, but the presentation is disappointing.
Sandy Irwin
This book is 80's mall-tastic! The hair - bangs & mullets! Acid wash! Socks over your pants! Windbreakers! For my family & friend in Michigan, one of the malls photographed was Eastland.

This is a series of photographs taken by the author/photographer when he was a college student in 1989. He took a road trip across the US to photograph people in malls.
Feb 07, 2014 Stu rated it really liked it
Fascinating collection of photos taken at malls around the late 80's nationwide.......everything looked alike. It was only context clues of dress that gave a hint to where it was,,,,,,fascinating stTement on the sameness of our consumer culture
Nov 27, 2013 Christopher rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing collection of photos. Although I was only a wee lad in the 80s, these pictures bring back all sorts of crazy memories. It was a simpler, less distracted time. Sure, people smoked everywhere and damn near everything was ugly. But I would love to have Golden Axe in my malls today.
Melanie Linn
Feb 27, 2014 Melanie Linn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
A hilarious step back in time, though I wish the book had been formatted so that the "gutter" didn't obstruct most of the images.
Dec 04, 2013 Natalie rated it liked it
If only the binding was better! The binding ruined most of the shots - the shots were grainy and would have been better if they were smaller in the book - the concept is awesome though
Jan 23, 2015 Maureen rated it it was ok
These photographs weren't bad, the book design was abysmal. Who plots horizontal images to be exclusively showcased across folds? Maybe don't do that.
Jul 10, 2014 Kristen rated it it was amazing
A great photography book for those interested in malls of the past. My only real gripe is that there is nothing on the pictures that tells you what mall and year the photo was taken.
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