American Photography 30 (Hardcover)
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For its 30th-anniversary volume, American Photography goes back to basics in a deluxe clothbound tome with over 350 of the year's best photographs. In a subtle nod to earlier books from the collection, the volume is presented with straightforward elegance in a genuine cloth hardcover and dust jacket. Designed by Robert Newman, former creative director of Reader's Digest, and with jacket photographs by David Butow from a series taken in South Africa during the ceremonies that followed the death of President Nelson Mandela, American Photography 30 contains images chosen by a distinguished jury of photo and art professionals from among the 9,644 photos submitted for consideration by photographers, magazines, agencies, publishers and schools. The collection represents the finest work being created by today's top talents and honors the relationship between photographer and client who together seek smart, one-of-a-kind visual solutions for magazines, advertisements and books, despite dwindling budgets and challenging time constraints. In an era of social media and stock imagery that threatens to further homogenize the creation and distribution of photography, American Photography looks beyond the ordinary to celebrate not only the power of the well-crafted still image in its finest form, but to honor its maker and the creative personnel who insist on creating only the most original, thoughtful and compelling pictures.