Our America: A Photographic History

Our America: A Photographic History

by Ken Burns (Author)

From one of our most treasured filmmakers, a pictorial history of America—a stunning and moving collection of some of Ken Burnss favorite photographs, with an introduction by Burns, and an essay by longtime MoMA photography curator Sarah Hermanson MeisterBurns 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 Americas 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.

Embark on a captivating journey through American history with Ken Burns' "Our America: A Photographic History." This remarkable book is a visual feast, featuring over 500 powerful photographs that bring the nation's past to life.

Spanning from the early days of colonization to the dawn of the 21st century, "Our America" offers a unique perspective on the events and people that shaped the United States. From iconic moments like the signing of the Declaration of Independence to intimate glimpses of everyday life, this book provides a comprehensive and moving portrait of a nation.

Ken Burns, renowned for his captivating documentaries, brings his storytelling expertise to "Our America." His insightful commentary and captions accompany each photograph, providing historical context and helping readers understand the significance of the images.

The book is divided into thematic chapters, exploring topics such as immigration, the Civil War, the Great Depression, and the Civil Rights Movement. Through the lens of photography, "Our America" sheds light on the challenges and triumphs that have defined the American experience.

Whether you're a history buff, a photography enthusiast, or simply someone who loves a good story, "Our America" is a must-read. Immerse yourself in the nation's rich tapestry of history and gain a deeper appreciation for the diverse cultures and experiences that make America what it is today.