Familiar Yet Unfamiliar America

Photographs By Chad Ress Of How We Gather

Public Bath House, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2012

Wishtoyo’s Chumash Village Spring Sunset Ceremony, Malibu, California, 2012

Guns of Freedom, Sturgis, South Dakota, 2012

Southeast Christian Church, Louisville, Kentucky, 2012

Buffalo Chip Campgrounds, Sturgis, South Dakota, 2012

Wedding, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 2012

For the past year, photographer Chad Ress, a fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University, has been crisscrossing the United States to capture in photographs how Americans gather today. His work has taken him to Florida, the Dakotas, Kentucky, California, and many other places east, west, north, and south. Ress offers the viewer basic pieces of information—location and happening—and leaves the rest for us to ponder as we take in images of places that, to most of us, are unfamiliar, even though they might be nearby. Today’s selection of images is the third installment (here you may see one and two) of previews of his work. The effort will result in a final exhibition of Ress’ prints.

Chad Ress is a photographer based in Los Angeles and a fellow at the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University. His most recent project, America Recovered, was featured in The Wall Street Journal, Time, and Harper’s Magazine.


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