December 05, 2012

A Day in the Life of America


Today, I want to share with you a book that's been inspirational for my photography efforts.

It was given to me by my parents, who picked it up at an auction. It's a huge, heavy book. In it, 200 of the country's top photographers and photo journalists documented ordinary moments in America across the course of one day- May 2, 1986. Every picture in the book was taken within 24 hours of one another.

Can you believe how many amazing, tiny, heartbreaking things go on in a day? And it's not even the tip of the iceberg. When I look at some of these photos, my heart breaks at how beautiful they are- how even the mundaneness of people's lives can be beautiful. Some of them are very sad, too.

All the photos also have little story captions that go along with them. Like "Katie, 32, makes breakfast for her family." Their captures ranged the intimacy of people's personal homes, to the wide expanses of deserts and cities. People from all places and walks of life.

There are several hundred photos in this book, but a the ones below are some of my favorites.

IMG_9832 Photographer Eric Lars Bakke
Eric Lars Bakke Photographer Steve Ringman
Steve Ringman Photographer Graciela Iturbide
Graciela Iturbide Photographer Michael O'Brien
Michael O'Brien Photographer William Albert Allard
William Albert Allard Photographer Dilip Meheta
Dilip Meheta Photographer Vladmir Sichov
Vladmir Sichov Photographer Jim Richardson This image is my favorite!! Jim Richardson
Photographer Eric John Albrecht
Eric John Albrecht



Not only a collection of one-of-a-kind photographs, this book is an amazing piece of history.



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10 comments

  1. Wonderful book, daily life can be so inspiring!

    xoxo, Femke
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  2. What an amazing idea, I'd love to see more.

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  3. I love seeing glimpses into people's lives... what a fantastic, fantastic book!

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  4. Looks amazing, photography is a great door for history via images
    xo

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  5. FANTASTIC!!! Thank you for sharing that. Great piece of inspiration!

    As a side note, it's the first time I see someone in that standing position besides me!! (the photo with the blond lady standing on one leg with the other one positioned on it.)

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  6. What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. How absolutely stunning {and I'm not just saying that because I'm old enough to remember 1986!}

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  8. These are gorgeous. This is why I fell in love with photography!

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