O Public Road!
Photographs of America.
Photographs by Peter Kayafas.
Purple Martin Press, New York, 2009. 160 pp., 65 black & white illustrations, 10x8½".
Wide-ranging American socio-documentary photographer Peter Kayafas has spent twenty years documenting the United States. Think of him as a contemporary Robert Frank or Walker Evans, a photographer with a great interest in place, culture, and people’s stories, a mirror of who we are in America. In this book, which includes 65 duotones, he takes the viewer on the road with him, looking at eateries, and ruins and horizons, the starts of parades, the aftermaths of tornados, human faces, human backs. “His pictures are crisp and direct, and the best of them vibrate with understated graphic tension,” said The New Yorker. With a joyous essay by novelist Allan Gurganus.