Meet A Person Who Lives At 50 Main Street In Every State

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Photo: Reprinted with permission from Piero Ribelli

After moving from Italy to New York in the 1980s, photographer Piero Ribelli watched as America became more and more politically divided. So he embarked on a journey meant to remind people of what they have in common, and wound up photographing 50 families who actually live at 50 Main Street—one in each state.Ribelli traveled more than 31,000 on planes and drove another 16,000 miles by car to meet the people he photographed, becoming “a vagabond in the Woody Guthrie and Jack Kerouac tradition, as the introduction to 50 Main Street: The Face of America says.

The resulting collecting of photographs and stories, while incredibly diverse, truly fulfils its mission, in Ribelli’s own words: “to remind the reader how much we share in our human experience as Americans, rather than dwell in the differences.”

Ribelli has been kind enough to share some photos from the book with us, but the stories are worth a read. The book is available on Amazon; see his website for more.

Timothy Fisher, Ketchikan, Alaska

Jack Ellwood, Mesa, Arizona

Ron Parnell, Wilson, Arkansas

George Sylva, Ventura, California

Elaine Casedy, Keenesburg, Colorado

Cynthia Jones, New Britain, Connecticut

Falah Khatib, Newark, Delaware

Janice Sheffield, High Springs, Florida

Bob Miller, Alpharetta, Georgia

Robin Tupa, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Robert Sluyter, Carpentersville, Illinois

James Staples, Greenwood, Indiana

Karen Rubey, Fairfield, Iowa

Donald Jr. and Dolores Hahn, Franklin, Louisiana

Sherry and Bobby Whear, Damariscotta, Maine

Angel Morales, West Springfield, Massachusetts

Tony Speltz, Lewiston, Minnesota

Bertha Bridges, Grenada, Mississippi

Avis Stevens, Tilton, New Hampshire

Prasop and Saowaluck Kiewdara, South River, New Jersey

Sherry Anaya and Joseph Arguello, Mosquero, New Mexico

Nancy Beasley, Waynesville, North Carolina

Ivan Johnson, Mayville, North Dakota

Hank Bridges, Jackson, South Carolina

Dennis and Don Fechner, Wagner South Dakota

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