Powerhouse Books recently published American Studies: Photographs by Jim Dow. For over forty years, Jim Dow has been traveling the rural roads of the Unites States and documenting the unique American culture that can only be found off the main highways and roads. Each photograph is like peering into the artifacts of a long lost civilization. And consequently, it is hard to judge if the photographs were made recently or in the last few decades. Over 100 monochrome and color images, mostly large format, are combined with an introduction by Ian Frazier and an essay by Jim Dow which includes stories of his more colorful adventures while photographing.
Dow received an undergraduate degree in graphic design and a graduate degree in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. His mentors included Malcolm Grear and Harry Callahan, among others. Dow currently lives in Boston and teaches at Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Dow approached Malcolm Grear Designers to provide the graphic design and structure of his book.