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By Richard H. Saunders

pictures. we all know what they're, yet why can we cause them to? americans were celebrating themselves in images because the arrival of the 1st itinerant portrait painters to the colonies. They created photos to commemorate household, glorify the well-known, determine our nationwide myths, and honor our shared heroes. no matter if portray in oil, carving in stone, casting in bronze, shooting on movie, or calculating in binary code, we spend huge time developing, considering, and gathering our likenesses.

In this sumptuously illustrated publication, Richard H. Saunders explores our collective realizing of portraiture, its historical past in the USA, the way it shapes our person and nationwide identification, and why we make portraits—whether for propaganda and public impression or for private and personal appreciation. American Faces is a wealthy and interesting view of ourselves.

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