Item description for Greta Pratt: Using History by Rennard Strickland Greta Pratt...
According to critic Howard Zinn (People's History of the United States), "Greta Pratt's extraordinary photographs give us glimpses of people and places that stimulate us to think about our history, not only of the great American West, but of the nation itself. Her point of view is delightfully antic and provocative. We want not only to enjoy the moment of our viewing, but also to study and ponder each photograph, challenged to find its larger meaning." Using History takes us on a tour of Americans celebrating their past. From Civil War battle reenactments to Abraham Lincoln impersonators to colossal buffalos and Indians, Greta Pratt's color photographs examine how historic iconography is used, and her work challenges us to question who Americans are. Taking an approach that is both affectionate toward her subjects yet sardonic about the larger implications of their actions, Pratt cuts to the heart of the ambivalent drives that move Americans.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11" Width: 10.8" Height: 0.6" Weight: 2.25 lbs.
Release Date Nov 15, 2005
ISBN 3865211291 ISBN13 9783865211293
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wry commentary Dec 31, 2005
If you like driving across America in search of the surreal, the goofy, and the oddly moving, then you'll love Greta Pratt's new book, Using History. Pratt is a master of the affectionate double-take, gently exposing American pretensions without mocking the people she documents. Her bemused photos of dead-serious practioners of "living history," offer a wry commentary on US history that you won't find in any civics text.
Yesterday's history today Dec 13, 2005
America is a relatively young country and perhaps it is the proximity of our "history" that makes us celebrate their past in such interesting ways. Greta Pratt's photographs show how Americans celebrate their nation's past with strong dedication and passion. But rather than just "exhibiting" kids dressed up as confederate soldiers, or the nine Abe Lincolns on a log, Pratt's portraitures give them an air of nobility, or at the least, ask respect for how dedicated they can be and for their very real, albeit sometimes peculiar, passion for their history.
Some photographs are bitingly funny, some are beautiful, but all have something to say, or at least something worthy to show. A great addition to any photography collection or for anyone fascinated by how strange and wonderful America/Americans can be.