Synopses & Reviews
Created by Rick Smolan and David Elliot Cohen, the innovative team behind the 1986 blockbuster A Day in the Life of America
the best-selling photography book ever published America 24/7
utilizes digital photographs taken by professional photojournalists and novices alike.
Showcasing the best photographs as documented by up to a million or more participants from across the United States, the publication of America 24/7 will coincide with network television specials, a DVD documentary, a traveling exhibition of photographs, and a compelling website. In addition to the 1,000+ top photojournalists being hired by the America 24/7 team, amateur photographers from across the country will be invited to submit their own digital photographs of American life via the project's website america24-7.com. Participants across the United States will help to create a vivid panorama of modern American life capturing the myriad experiences that take place across the nation within a week.
The creators of America 24/7 have several New York Times bestsellers to their credit, including A Day in the Life of America, A Day in the Life of the Soviet Union, and Christmas in America.
"Not since Roy Stryker, who ran an unparalleled photography project through the Farm Security Administration from 1935 until 1942, has America seen itself documented so thoroughly." San Francisco Chronicle
"[A]n eye-poppingly beautiful book."
New Orleans Times Picayune
"From Botox parties to high school proms, from political protesters to marching bands, the images run the gamut of the American experience."
"[A]n enormously ambitious project."
The Wall Street Journal
"[W]hat appears in the pages of America 24/7 may well be an idealised view of America, but it is an America that still exists."
CBS Sunday Morning
"[P]rofessional photographers and countless amateurs are turning their lenses toward the USA's forgotten corners the mundane moments that Hollywood and Madison Avenue often ignore."
"[P]romises to be their piece de resistance." Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
"America's opportunity to create a national family album during one ordinary week."
Take Great Pictures
An unparalleled enterprise, unrivaled in scope and ambition, thousands of photographers both professional and amateur will span out all across the country to document every slice of American life in the largest photographic publishing event in U.S. history. This visual time capsule celebrates the richness of our lives, reminding us of our dreams while not overlooking our failures, capturing our pride, and presenting an honest look at the faces and facades of our people. Encapsulating in one week, the essence of what makes the U.S. great, this volume documents the diversity of its people and cultures, from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes to the beaches of the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean -- and everywhere in between.
In this visual time capsule, thousands of photographers both professional and amateur will span out all across the country to document every slice of American life in the largest photographic publishing event in U.S. history.
About the Author
A former Time, Life and National Geographic photographer, Rick Smolan co-founded the best-selling "Day in the Life..." photography series. Smolan and his partner Jennifer Erwitt are also the co-founders of Against All Odds Productions, which specializes in the design and execution of large-scale global projects that combine compelling story-telling with state-of-the-art technology. Their projects have been featured numerous times on the covers of magazines around the world including Fortune, Time, Newsweek, Asia Week and US News & World Report.