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.”
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