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Handful of Dust, A: Disappearing America
David Plowden
W W Norton
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2008-02-28 09:30:32
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A Handful of Dust

Disappearing America

By David Plowden.

Cloth with dust jacket, 8.5x11, 128 pages, duotone photos throughout.

"An elegy for our changing landscape by a master photographer.

"No one has photographed America as has David Plowden. ... He is one of the great artists of our time.”—David McCullough

"SINCE MAKING his earliest documentary photographs in the 1950s, David Plowden has honored those proud structures and places that America has discarded - from brawny commercial and industrial centers to small towns and farms. He reveres the honest work and spirit that built them.

"But the scene has changed much in the last five decades, and what's left of the honesty of small communities and the working of the land is all but gone, dealt a death blow by outsourcing, conglomerization, and our incessant drive to buy cheap at any cost. The America of these photographs is a bittersweet reminder of things once cherished and a life no longer possible. Deserted Main Streets and crumbling facades stare at us blindly. Abandoned houses and buildings reach back to ground. Plowden's work is a sad symphony - incomparably and irresistibly beautiful, while reminding us of our loss."

David Plowden is the author of more than twenty photography books, including Bridges: The Spans of North America, The End of an Era: The Last of the Great Lake Steamboats, David Plowden: Vanishing Point. He lives in Winnetka, Illinois.