About the Book
This is the original edition that has only 150 hard cover copies (and 150 soft cover copies) and hence the "a bit over the curve" price. With the added images (that are not in previous editions) it becomes a valuable collector's item. Only a few are available as of July 2016 !
"I Am Amerikan" is a personal compilation of about 150 images that were taken between 2001-2009 by Rafael Fuchs while traveling in the USA. ("in between assignments.")
You might call it "The B side" of his work in those years ; his personal observations.
In this 5th. edition you'll find about 35 images that are NOT included in the past editions, including some "challenging" images (that weren't allowed to be printed by the same printers of Blurb who re-considered it after all.)
Amongst the additional images you'll find wicked portraits of John McCain and Geraldo Rivera, as well as some personal images by the author, never published before.
These are some of the quotes that were found in various blogs:
"Surprising, hilarious and controversial at times, this is a unique vision that was created with inquisitive, yet loving eyes of the artist.
With an obsessive urge to capture a fleeting moment, Rafael ends up sometimes with an unexpected visual translation to what was really happening in front of him."
"Those triumphant and wicked observations strip down the American nation to its bare bones of an inner struggle, pain, joy, ambition and contradictions."
Please, watch the preview, where you can see a glimpse of the book (a few pages).
There are more surprises !:)
Rafael Fuchs was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel, and moved to NYC in the mid 80's. He has been contributing to numerous major American and International magazines (as: Time,Newsweek, Life, W, The Source, Out, Entertainment Weekly) as well as shooting ads and for record labels (Sony,Atlantic,Matador,Universal) Some of his popular portrait subjects are: : Colin Powell, JK Rowling, Emily Watson, Burt Reynolds, Derek Jeter, Nathan Lane, John McCain, Beyonce, Geoffrey Rush, Chemical Brothers, Michael Stipe, Pink and Julia Stiles. Rafael gained numerous awards from organizations as: APA, PDN, Creativity, CA, and gained grants from The Marie Walsh Sharpe foundation. In 2005 Rafael collaborated with Shirin Neshat and Izhar Patkin on an art piece that was created for witness.org , the organization that protects human rights. His work has been shown and collected globally, and he published 11 books up to date. In 2012 Rafael founded the gallery Fuchs Projects in Bushwick, Bklyn, NY.