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Overview

Tour the United States in all its kaleidoscopic glory. This photographic collection presents a distinctly American story from National Geographic magazine’s illustrious archives, bringing together some 500 captivating images to chart a century of growth and change state by state, from Alabama to Wyoming, Alaska to Wisconsin.


In 1905 National Geographic magazine elected to run a pictorial spread about life in Tibet. It was a bold, controversial move, which alienated the old guard, delighted readers, and signaled the future of image-led mass-market media. Ignoring the scandalized splutters from the more staid board members of the National Geographic Society, Editor Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor and President Alexander Graham Bell went on to build a team of staff photographers and by 1910, the magazine was regularly featuring photography.


Naturally, the magazine’s home country, the United States, was amply documented from the outset and in this new collection, we travel back in time through the National Geographic’s extensive archives to take a state-by-state tour of the United States over the past 100 years.


State by state, these remarkable images bring a vivid account of a vast, evolving, and diverse North America, from breathtaking landscapes to advancing industry, evocative rural life to burgeoning towns and cities. We travel from the ski slopes of Colorado to the jazz bars of New Orleans, from the luxurious Hollywood hills to a barbershop in Kentucky, and from Manhattan’s Chinatown to a river baptism in Mississippi. Along the way, the tour takes in the gamut of photographic evolution, shifting from early black-and-white and autochrome images of the 1920s and 1930s into midcentury Kodachrome, then the harder-edged reportage of the 1970s and 1980s, and finally the digital images of the 1990s through to the present.


With an introductory essay by photography editor David Walker, as well as prefaces to each state section and fascinating storytelling captions, this book celebrates not only the world’s greatest photography magazine but also the people, history, and beauty of the United States.

Details

  • Two-volume hardcover with slipcase
  • 968 pages; 500 color photographs
  • Each volume: 11" x 15 1/2"
  • © 2016
  • Author Bio

    Jeff Z. Klein worked at The New York Times for 19 years as an editor and reporter. Prior to that, he was an editor at The Village Voice, and has authored several books about sports as well as writing for TASCHEN’s popular 36 Hours series. He currently divides his time between New York City and Buffalo, where he produces a series on regional history for Buffalo’s NPR station.During three decades as an editor, writer, and photographer.


    Joe Yogerst has lived and worked on four continents including Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. His writing has appeared in National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, The Los Angeles Times, and The International Herald Tribune among others. He has authored numerous travel guides for National Geographic, and has been the recipient of four Lowell Thomas Awards from the Society of American Travel Writers. He currently lives in a small beach town between Los Angeles and San Diego.


    David Walker was born in South Dakota, and raised in New Jersey and Maine. He is the executive editor of the photography industry bible Photo District News, and a past winner of the McAllister Editorial Fellowship at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A graduate of Cornell University, he has written articles about photography and other subjects for a variety of international publications.

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