Jerry Berndt: Beautiful America (Steidl, 2018)

Jerry Berndt (1943-2013) was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For more than 30 years he built a career as a documentary photographer with series on the genocide in Rwanda, civil war in Haiti und homeless people in the US. His pictures were published in major publications in the US and Europe including the New York Times, Newsweek and Paris Match.

Berndt taught photography at the Art Institute of Boston, the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and the Maine Photographic Workshop. His photographs are included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego. the Bibliotheque National in Paris and the CollectionFalckenberg / Deichtorhallen Hamburg.

Berndt lived in Paris for many years, prior to his death in 2013.

Artist: http://www.jerryberndt-estate.com/koken/

Publisher: https://steidl.de/Buecher/Beautiful-America-0507254054.html

All photos © The Jerry Berndt Estate 2020.

Jerry Berndt documented the period between 1968 and 1980 in America like no other photographer. Personally involved in the anti-Vietnam War activities of the 1960s, Berndt’s work combines photojournalism with documentary, conceptual and street photography to create a unique view of America’s social constitution during these decisive years.

Berndt consistently placed himself near political conflict, systematically portraying the spectrum of America’s people and cityscapes, including the middle and working classes, as well as the inhabitants of America’s often ignored ghettos.

In the early 1970s, Berndt withdrew from political protest and worked for newspapers, imbuing his pictures with a timelessness beyond current events. This book visualizes an important, uneasy period of transition in American’s recent history, and highlights the literal and ironic aspects of its “beauty.”

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There is No Time Lou Reed from the album New York (Sire, 1989)

This is no time for celebration
This is no time for shaking heads
This is no time for backslapping
This is no time for marching bands

This is no time for optimism
This is no time for endless thought
This is no time for my country right or wrong
Remember what that brought

There is no time
There is no time
There is no time
There is no time

This is no time for congratulations
This is no time to turn your back
This is no time for circumlocution
This is no time for learned speech

This is no time to count your blessings
This is no time for private gain
This is no time to put up or shut up
It won’t no time to come back this way again

There is no time
There is no time
There is no time
There is no time

This is no time to swallow anger
This is no time to ignore hate
This is no time to be acting frivolous
Because the time is getting late

This is no time for private vendettas
This is no time to not know who you are
Self knowledge is a dangerous thing
The freedom of who you are

This is no time to ignore warnings
This is no time to clear the plate
Let’s not be sorry after the fact
And let the past become out fate

There is no time
There is no time
There is no time
There is no time

This is no time to turn away and drink
Or smoke some vials of crack
This is a time to gather force
And take dead aim and attack

This is no time for celebration
This is no time for saluting flags
This is no time for inner searchings
The future is at head

This is no time for phony rhetoric
This is no time for political speech
This is a time for action
Because the future’s within reach

This is the time
This is the time
This is the time
Because there is no time


There is no time
There is no time
There is no time
There is no time

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Publisher: Steidl