Perhaps now more than ever, as America embarks on the process of “becoming great again,” we should look back at what made it pretty great already. TASCHEN has teamed up with National Geographic for their new book The United States of America that chronicles the country over the past 100 years, charting a century of change and growth in a state-by-state tour of the Land of the Free. The visual story also tours the evolution of photography, shifting from black-and-white autochrome images of the ’20s and ’30s into mid-century Kodachrome, to “harder-edged reportage” of the ’70s and ’80s, and finally to the digital images of the ’90s through to the present.
Collecting over 700 images from National Geographic‘s archives and accompanied by narrative captions and prefaces, “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.”
National Geographic‘s The United States of America retails for $300 USD and is now available at TASCHEN.