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Portraits of America

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Whether exploring the reclusive communities of the Amish and Hutterites, probing the gritty existence of the American cowboy, or revealing the quiet beauty of the Minnesota lakes, William Albert Allard has helped define America in all its diversity. From rodeos to blues singers, from William Faulkner’s Mississippi to minor league baseball, Allard has turned his camera towa ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2001 by National Geographic Society
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Brian Page
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Before offering my little review of PORTRAITS OF AMERICA, I must provide a small disclaimer: William Albert Allard’s photograph, “Amish boy with a guinea pig,” when it appeared in National Geographic magazine in 1965 was profoundly influential for me. I was probably the only ten-year old boy who carefully scrutinized each Nat Geo story, wondering about the mysterious (to me) photograph attributions to “Magnum” or “Black Star” and noting that Nat Geo took pains to note “Kodachrome by…” for each c ...more
Chris
Aug 13, 2016 rated it liked it
A charming and, for me, nostalgic view of America, many of the photos having been taken within my living memory and bearing a marked stamp of the times. I enjoyed Allard's introduction to each series of photos, pinpointing their context in his career and often drawing comparisons to his own youth. What is remarkable is how much of old Americana has disappeared within merely the last 40 years, or just the last 20 -- replaced by an increasingly homogenous yet impersonal culture.

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Jamie
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is truly one of the best photographic collections about our great country. Both this book and "The Americans" paint a tale that all citizens of the United States should explore when they question, "What does it mean to be an American?"

There are few rivals for a living painter of light better than Allard when telling our story through glimpses of our culture. I have always admired his style, perception and ability to create complexity in his imagery. Looking at a photograph by William Allard
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