TBPMy sister is a great photographer. She has turned her hobby (mostly taking pictures of her wonderful children) into a thriving niche business taking picture of other people little bundles of joy. Through the years sis has become infamous in the family for her epic panoramic pictures of stunning sites from Machu Picchu to the Vatican. Although we make fun of her for taking the pictures, the results are amazing and they carry on the grand traditional of a century of panoramic photography – which is document and displayed in the wonder book The Big Picture: America in Panorama by Josh Sapan (Author) and Luc Sante (Illustrator).

About The Big Picture: America in Panorama by Josh Sapan (Author), Luc Sante (Illustrator): “At the turn of the twentieth century, photographic technology and an American culture of optimism and self-celebration combined to create what Luc Sante calls the ‘strange and compelling medium’ of panoramic group photography. Organizations famed and obscure—from the Anti-Saloon League of America and the troops at Camp Sevier during the Great War to the members of the Midget Swing Review—commissioned photographers to produce images that sometimes encompassed a full 360 degrees. No public event—a circus, a train wreck, or the Army-Navy football game—was too grand or eccentric to deserve its own wide-angle commemoration. The photographs compose a portrait of a society on the cusp of sweeping change, as their details preserve the enduring humanity of their subjects: a bathing beauty tosses her curls; a group of cross-dressing women smile enigmatically at an off-camera friend; children at play on a summertime lawn appear only as blurs behind an Ohio town meeting. The Big Picture gathers nearly one hundred of these fascinating images, most never before published, bringing the shared experience of American history from the late nineteenth century to the WWII era to life.”

The photographs in The Big Picture are amazing and a treasure trove of images that tell the story of America over the past century. Spend just a few minutes flipping through this book and you will decide to sit down in a comfortable chair and spend hours marveling at the images and subjects committed to film in days gone by.

The Big Picture: America in Panorama by Josh Sapan (Author) and Luc Sante (Illustrator) is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.