Synopses & Reviews
"Images of energy and inertia, progress and peril. American Youth is more than 100 pages of paradox."--Washington Post
American Youth examines through vivid photographs the newest generation of 18 to 24-year-olds in detail, observing young couples and Mormon missionaries, debutante balls and drunken tailgate stupors, war widows and B-boys, street kids and lobstermen. How are they different, and how are they exactly the same as the generations that came before? On these pages are Christian rock fans, lesbian gangstas and Obama volunteers. There are would-be pop stars waiting for a shot on American Idol, organic farmers living the hippie dream and tattooed Cobra gang members brooding in the Navajo Reservation’s Window Rock jail. Another series of photographs asks young New Yorkers to think big: If you had the chance, what question would you ask God?
These remarkably candid images of youth are introduced with a text by Steve Appleford and have been realized by the photographers of Redux Pictures: Marc Asnin, Ben Baker, Nina Berman, David Butow, Peter Frank Edwards, Danny Wilcox Frazier, Eros Hoagland, John Keatley, Andy Kropa, Erika Larsen, Gina LeVay, Joshua Lutz, Preston Mack, Kevin J. Miyazaki, Darcy Padilla, Mark Peterson, Michael Rubenstein, Greg Ruffing, Q. Sakamaki, Erin Siegal, Angie Smith, Ben Stechschulte, Brad Swonetz, Nathaniel Welch and David Yellen.
Redux, founded in 2003 by Marcel Saba, is an independent photo agency based in New York City that specializes in high-quality editorial and commercial photography.
What is the future of America? Will the youth play the role everybody is expecting them to? In American Youth
, a group of award-winning photographers join together to take a fresh look at the youth of America today. Also known as the "Millennials," they are changing the rules of work, relationships, and the future.
Subjects include: New York City skateboarders by Nathaniel Welch, young prisoners in California by Jonathan Sprague, Guitar Herofanatics by Brad Swonetz, future players in the business and political worlds by Ben Baker, young philanthropists and ROTC cadets by Mark Peterson, organic farmers by Ben Stechschulte, evangelical preachers by Erika Larsen, sorority and fraternity members at the University of Washington by John Keatley, fishermen working to save their family businesses by Peter Frank Edwards, low rider bicycle builders in Texas by Brent Humphreys, young Native Americans living on the Oneida Nation reservation by Kevin Miyazaki, youth activists by Chris Lamarca, college kids on campuses by Greg Ruffing, drinking youth culture by Chris Mueller, and several others.
A special survey on generation Y.