It's Complicated

The American Teenager
Bowman, Robin (Book - 2007)
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Presents a collection of interviews and photographs of American teenagers in which they describe their lives.

Perseus Publishing

Robin Bowman’s five-year journey into the heart of teenage America created a series of 414 “collaborative portraits,” wherein she shares her discoveries of a generation now coming of age. In searing and intimate photographs, presented alongside the young people’s voices of passion, pride, embarrassment, lust, pain, bewilderment, anxiety, joy, uncertainty, and rage, the book charts the coming of age of the largest generation in America—77 million strong—in every region of the country and every socioeconomic group: from a Texas debutante to teenage gang members in New York City, from a drag queen in Georgia to a coal miner in West Virginia.

Bowman’s intimate photographs ask us to reconcile preconceived ideas and stereotypes of teenagers with the diversity of individuals in the portraits. This book and the traveling exhibition it accompanies are about the inside lives of these kids and how they see their reality in their own voices.

Robin Bowman, a 2005 W. Eugene Smith Memorial fellow, is a photojournalist based in Portland, Maine.

Dr. Robert Coles is the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of the Children of Crisis series and a Harvard emeritus professor of psychiatry.

Searing, intimate portraits and interviews with America's next generation from small towns and big cities.

Authors: Bowman, Robin
Statement of Responsibility: Robin Bowman, portraits + interviews ; afterword by Robert Coles
Title: It's complicated
the American teenager
Publisher: New York : Umbrage Editions, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 156 p. : ill., ports. ; 29 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 155) and index
Subject Headings: Teenagers United States Interviews Generation Y United States Teenagers United States Attitudes Teenagers United States Pictorial works Teenagers United States Portraits
Topical Term: Teenagers
Generation Y
Alternate Title: American teenager
ISBN: 1884167691
Branch Call Number: 305.235 B
Research Call Number: *R-Photo 11-798
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May 26, 2014
  • Emmawrites rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

very interesting and inspiring!!

May 21, 2012
  • loveneverlies1 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

life of a teen boy i love this book because it tell us about reality and what happens in the same world we live in. it also inspires me to learn more about others life to know how to help them with their situation. however, the spirit that leds other leds you too.

Oct 06, 2009
  • kimbalee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Life-stories told by American teens from all walks of life, paired with impressive portrait photography by Robin Bowman.


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"the spirit that follows you, follow every body else, and like what you live for".


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