Schmidt, Bastienne: American Dreams
|Schmidt, Bastienne: American Dreams. With a foreword by Vicki Goldberg|
Hardcover, 144 S.
Edition Stemmle Verlag, 1997
Ehem. geb. Preis: 45,00 €
Land: USA; Epoche: Gegenwart
Lieferzeit: 3-5 Tage
"Both Bastienne Schmidt and Robert Frank were foreign born, giving them the kind of outsider's perspective that an astute observer would take advantage of. But Schmidt is more confrontational than Frank; her subjects often see her coming and regard her without fear. In byways and gathering places and quiet corners she fastens onto a detail, a look, a gesture that speaks in a scene that would otherwise be mute. Curious about the occasions that bring crowds together, she sees America as a country in such constant motion that the still camera cannot keep up with it. Hers is not everyone's America but an album of what few tourists and fewer residents have noticed. Robert Frank came from an atmosphere of post-war European anti-Americanism, but Schmidt says she was looking for something more tantalizing, die myth she knew from TV and American exports. Partly because Frank's images marked a change in the cultural weather, her view of grave young souls, cross-eyed cowboys and ruffled-shirted ballyhoo artists won´t provoke outrage, but her book too records a sharp-eyed foreigner´s glance at surprises, incongruities, disappointments, and a few sweet moments in ill-fitting jackets. Most tellingly, Schmidt has a sharp sense of the times: she brings us smack up against her vision of the 1990s, when America, comprehensible or not, can only be considered in the light of the changes that have recently overtaken it." (Vicki Goldberg)
- Bastienne Schmidt: Slightly Tattered Dreams - Vicki Goldberg
- Journal - Bastienne Schmidt
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