About the Book
Nowhere in the world do people engage in the activity of sightseeing with more relish and abandon than in the United States of America. It could even be said that sightseeing has virtually become a part of the American DNA, for at any given moment, down any footpath, trail, byway or highway, sightseers can be found pausing before some well-known majestic view or curious anomaly of the American landscape.
In SIGHTSEER, photographer Roger Minick has created not only a richly entertaining study of the ritual of sightseeing in America, but a poignant time capsule of the American people at the end of the 20th Century.
Reviewing an exhibit of Minick’s sightseeing series in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1980, Thomas Albright wrote:
“The cliché tourist snapshot is one of the most potent of contemporary icons, at once document, memorial and fetish object, as well as one of the most commonplace, conspicuous examples of the displacement of the raw experience of ‘reality’ by its photographic image...”
In a review in 1997 in the Los Angeles Times of an exhibit of sightseer images, David Pagel wrote:
“...these supple works use the discomfort most people feel when confronted by nature’s inhuman scale as a metaphor for the precariousness of culture in a democratic society...”
American Roger Minick has been photographing the American experience for nearly half a century. His photographs are included in permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the J Paul Getty Museum, George Eastman House, and The Smithsonian. Two previous mainstream photographic books, published by Scrimshaw Press, include DELTA WEST and HILLS OF HOME. The recent books AMERICAN BIOGRAPHICS, SIGHTSEER, CELL PEOPLE, SEEN from TRAIN, UNDOCUMENTED, THE ETERNAL STARE, PARTHENON MARBLES, CORNUCOPIA, EyeEurope, EyeRamblings, and FIFTY are published by Perambulation Press, a self-publishing venture founded by Roger Minick, specializing in fine quality limited edition books. Dylan Swift is Roger Minick's nom de plume.