"A Kind of Rapture" brings together a selection of photos from Bergman''s two-year travels by car through the Rust Belt (Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Gary) and the East Coast, taking color pictures of everyday people who moved him profoundly. 51 color photos.
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A landark in the history of artistic endeavor, December 7, 2008
By Llazlo M.
Ten years ago A KIND OF RAPTURE was published. Toni Morrison boldly states in
the Introduction that this collection of photographs by Robert Bergman will
"forever mark a place in the history of artistic endeavor." You might accept
this claim simply as generous enthusiasm--until this astonishing gallery of
portraits unfolds before your eyes. Not since the publication of Robert Franks
THE AMERICANS (1958, French edition) has any photographic book searched the soul
of America with such unexpected and artistically profound results. Like Robert
Frank, Robert Bergman set out by car, traveling across America, capturing
unplanned encounters with a simple 35mm camera. Bergmans book, A KIND OF
RAPTURE, was published in 1998. Exactly four decades subsequent to THE
AMERICANS, the world was given a photobook comparable in vision and originality
to Robert Franks landmark book. Open A KIND OF RAPTURE and you will conclude it
was well worth the wait.
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