America by Zoe Strauss

It takes a certain kind of courage to step off the beaten tracks and delve into the good, the bad and the ugly of your home nation and that’s the courage that Zoe Strauss shows in America.

Zoe’s first camera arrived on her 30th birthday and within 8 years she’d become a force to be reckoned with and this is why.

Why We Love America

This is Zoe’s “warts and all” take on America and it’s just fabulous. 

The images are taken from the back streets of Philadelphia and they bring us right up close to those who have been marginalized and pushed out of society. 

America by Zoe Strauss

There are plenty of light touches with wit and humor interlaced into individual stories but also plenty of moments that any viewer will find shocking to behold.

That’s the best kind of photography, in our book, when it’s not afraid to make you confront reality and without pulling any punches to make you feel more comfortable with the subject matter. 

Final Thoughts On America

Zoe has come a long way from her first exhibitions, held under bridges in the city of Philadelphia and we can see why. 

America is a wonderful social commentary that never turns preachy or pushy, you simply can’t go wrong with it. 

If you’re looking for other great photography books why not check out Jason Eskenazi’s Wonderland, Bruce Davidson’s Subway or Robert Frank’s The Americans? 

You can grab a copy online here.

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