Friday, January 9, 2015

Empire by Martin Hyers and William Mebane

Martin Hyers and William Mebane traveled across the United States from 2004 to 2007, taking photographs of Americana. They photographed homes, schools, museums, zoos and businesses and the contents of these places. The result is a photographic record of the good, the bad and the ugly of American culture (plus everything in between). And if you have a bit of the Peeping Tom in you, this is the book for you. There are many exterior photographs of modest houses, apartment buildings, shops and automobiles. Interior shots include furniture, family photographs, books, computers and printers, toys, games, wallpaper, carpeting, food, hobbies and collections. Perhaps this sounds mundane but the photographer’s eye and the layout of the book make Empire by Martin Hyers and William Mebane an entertaining and informative record of modern American cultural history.