In this unprecedented collection, photojournalist Kevin Rivoli proves that the idealistic, all-American views found in Norman Rockwell’s classic illustrations are, in fact, accurate and timeless portrayals of a nation that truly does exist.
Some critics argue that Norman Rockwell’s images are overly sentimental, old-fashioned, and contrived. Yet it was always photojournalist Kevin Rivoli’s belief that the themes that make Rockwell’s illustrations so poignant — patriotism, faith, family, and sports — are also what make our country so great. Determined to dispel the critics’ claims against Rockwell’s prolific body of work, Rivoli set out with his camera to visit small towns and capture spontaneous Rockwell moments that celebrate the glory of ordinary, everyday life.
In Search of Norman Rockwell’s America pairs Rivoli’s photographs side by side with Norman Rockwell’s iconic paintings, demonstrating how Rockwell’s scenes were not just imagined on a canvas since they continue to sensitively reflect the American experience today. Each page of In Search of Norman Rockwell’s America is filled with inspiring quotes and anecdotes from those who have been touched by Rockwell, including Arnold Palmer, Dick Clark, Beau Bridges, Dolly Parton, former president Jimmy Carter, and even the original subjects of Rockwell’s artwork. A must-have for photographers, artists, Rockwell enthusiasts, and those desiring to slow down and focus on what’s really important in life — embracing those special Rockwell moments.