It's Complicated

The American Teenager

Bowman, Robin

Book - 2007
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
It's Complicated
Baker & Taylor
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.

Publisher: New York : Umbrage Editions, c2007
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1884167691
Branch Call Number: 305.235 B
Characteristics: 156 p. : ill., ports. ; 29 cm.
Alternate Title: American teenager


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May 26, 2014
  • Emmawrites rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

very interesting and inspiring!!

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

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


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