The Real American Migration: Photographer Stacy Kranitz’s raw Images of the Nation’s far Corners
- Alexander Lendrum
There are more than a few photo series that we’ve come across that do a good job of showing parts of the United States of America that are not often highlighted in mainstream media, or well known on an international front. Stacy Kranitz’ AS IT WAS GIVE(N) TO ME however, for us, is one of the better and more comprehensive exploration of America’s great and real migration. Everyone knows that the nation is made up of immigrants from one time or another, from the Irish to the Spanish, Africans, the Chinese, the British, Indians, Scandinavians… the list goes on. All these people have seeped into every crevice and corner of the great Americas, and as such, have spurred lives and subcultures that thrive under the global radar.
Originally hailing from Kentucky, Stacy Kranitz has infiltrated these far corners of her country and has done everyone the justice of documenting the wild beauty of this very real America. From ratchet partying to road-side “yard sales,” to the exotics practices of religion, right down to the mixed intimacies of the country’s diverse citizens, AS IT WAS GIVE(N) TO ME is without doubt one of our favorite visual chronologies of Western culture that we hardly see. Split into four chapters: “Arrival,” “Exploration,” “Salvation” and “Postscript,” the full series is fairly extensive; each chapter holds an average of around 70 images. Have a look through our selection from the bunch throughout, then head over to Stacy Kranitz‘ official website here to check out the whole series, plus her other works.