Who We Were
A Snapshot History of America
Publication Date: August 2008
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Since the first snapshots were taken in 1888, Americans have used simple, inexpensive cameras to record their life stories. In the process, they have left behind millions of pictures that document the story of America. Now, for the first time, these personal photographs have been gathered together to tell the nation's history.
Michael Williams and Richard Cahan write award-winning photography books. They are co-authors of Richard Nickel's Chicago: Photographs of a Lost City. Nicholas Osborn is the founder of SquareAmerica.com, a website celebrating the American snapshot. All three live in Chicago.