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"Kitchens and bedrooms, couples and children, the expectations and anxieties of American domestic life are laid before us in this lively book of pictures by contemporary American photographers. By turns hilarious and unsettling, this unconventional family album offers rich if conflicting information about the current state of the old relationship between the American Dream "Kitchens and bedrooms, couples and children, the expectations and anxieties of American domestic life are laid before us in this lively book of pictures by contemporary American photographers. By turns hilarious and unsettling, this unconventional family album offers rich if conflicting information about the current state of the old relationship between the American Dream and the American Nightmare."-- The work of more than 50 photographers is represented including Tina Barney, Ellen Brooks, William Eggleston, Mary Frey, Lee Friedlander, Nan Goldin, Nic Nicosia, Nicholas Nixon, Lorie Novak, Cindy Sherman, Sage Sohier, Joel Sternfeld, Larry Sultan, Carrie Mae Weems, and Neil Winokur.


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"Kitchens and bedrooms, couples and children, the expectations and anxieties of American domestic life are laid before us in this lively book of pictures by contemporary American photographers. By turns hilarious and unsettling, this unconventional family album offers rich if conflicting information about the current state of the old relationship between the American Dream "Kitchens and bedrooms, couples and children, the expectations and anxieties of American domestic life are laid before us in this lively book of pictures by contemporary American photographers. By turns hilarious and unsettling, this unconventional family album offers rich if conflicting information about the current state of the old relationship between the American Dream and the American Nightmare."-- The work of more than 50 photographers is represented including Tina Barney, Ellen Brooks, William Eggleston, Mary Frey, Lee Friedlander, Nan Goldin, Nic Nicosia, Nicholas Nixon, Lorie Novak, Cindy Sherman, Sage Sohier, Joel Sternfeld, Larry Sultan, Carrie Mae Weems, and Neil Winokur.

37 review for Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort

  1. 4 out of 5

    Vikas Singh

    The book was published on occasion of exhibition on the same subject but is not exactly exhibition catalog and is an independent book. The book explores the idea of home as a battle ground for social struggle. For many street photographers home was uncharted territory that afforded new challenges on a daily basis to record domestic life. Some photographs pay attention to post modernism period of photography and recognition of childhood drama that encapsulates the drama and complexity of adult li The book was published on occasion of exhibition on the same subject but is not exactly exhibition catalog and is an independent book. The book explores the idea of home as a battle ground for social struggle. For many street photographers home was uncharted territory that afforded new challenges on a daily basis to record domestic life. Some photographs pay attention to post modernism period of photography and recognition of childhood drama that encapsulates the drama and complexity of adult life. The essay by Peter Galassi is brilliant. But few pictures in the book appeared to bring alive the intent of the book. The rest seemed listless and dead.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ray Dunsmore

    A fairly interesting collection of domestic photography, though I have to admit - I was expecting a little more existential dread than I got.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Aaron the Pink Donut

    Nice collection of sinister and not so sinister photos of domestic scenes.

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    Steven

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    Natalie

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    P.T. Elliott

  7. 4 out of 5

    Deb

    bought the book at the exhibition in 1992. catalogues diversity in photography during the 80's. bought the book at the exhibition in 1992. catalogues diversity in photography during the 80's.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kangsoon

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    Madeline W

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    Yi-Ke

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    Christos Kapatos

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    Phil Dembinski

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    Naotaro Kato

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    catherine

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    Alyssa

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    Deb

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    Jonathan Hertel

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    Riel Macklem

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    Karan

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