Our America: A Photographic History

Kenneth Burns and Sarah Hermanson Meister


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From one of our most treasured filmmakers, a pictorial history of America--a stunning and moving collection of some of Ken Burns's favorite photographs, with an introduction by Burns, and an essay by longtime MoMA photography curator Sarah Hermanson Meister

Burns has been making documentaries about American history for more than four decades, using images to vividly re-create our struggles and successes as a nation and a people. As much as anyone alive today, he understands the soul of our country.

In Our America, Burns has assembled the images that, for him, best embody nearly two hundred years of the American experiment, taken by some of our most reknowned photographers and by others who worked in obscurity. We see America's vast natural beauty as well as its dynamic cities and communities. There are striking images of war and civil conflict, and of communities drawing together across lines of race and class. Our greatest leaders appear alongside regular folks living their everyday lives. The photos talk to one another across boundaries and decades and, taken together, they capture the impossibly rich and diverse perspectives and places that comprise the American experience.

Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Published: 11/01/2022
Pages: 352
Weight: 5.75lbs
Size: 11.30h x 12.50w x 2.20d
ISBN: 9780385353014

Review Citation(s):
Library Journal Prepub Alert 05/01/2022 pg. 14
Publishers Weekly 05/30/2022
Kirkus Reviews 09/01/2022
Booklist 10/01/2022 pg. 13
Shelf Awareness 11/04/2022

About the Author
KEN BURNS, the producer and director of numerous film series, including The Vietnam War, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, and The War, founded his own documentary film company, Florentine Films, in 1976. His landmark film The Civil War was the highest-rated series in the history of American public television, and his work has won numerous prizes, including the Emmy and Peabody Awards, and two Academy Award nominations. He lives in Walpole, New Hampshire.