A remarkable book compiled after two years of work and more than twelve years of collecting snapshots.
Since the first snapshots were taken in 1888, Americans have used simple, inexpensive cameras to record their life stories. In the process, they have left behind millions of pictures that document the story of America. Now, for the first time, these personal photographs have been gathered together to tell the nation’s history.
From the sod houses of South Dakota to skyscrapers of New York City, these personal photographs form the first people’s photo history of America. The snapshots capture nearly a century of American life – telling our story through our own eyes. The Wright Brothers, the World Wars, Woodstock. They are all here, creating a crazy quilt of steamships and biplanes, migrants and flappers, seal clubbers and suffragettes.
This may be one of the most talked about books of the year – because of the photos and the stories behind the photos. This is who we were and who we are.