Unlikely Places Americans Find God This Easter

26 Mar, 2007, 01:00 ET from AdamsMedia

    AVON, Mass., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Faith along the American road, in
 the most unlikely places -- from a hand-painted L.A. sign hawking barbeque
 and Jesus, past a curious Ohio silo bearing a quarter horse and "John 3:3",
 to haunting graffiti on a rock wall in Harlem -- that's Bible Road. A stark
 and striking photographic essay that goes deep into the heart of American
 culture, this 25-year documentary project captures religious expression in
 big cities, small towns and along forsaken highways. A full-scale study of
 a quintessentially American religious phenomenon, this book extends
 displays of faith beyond the Easter Sunday sermon.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070326/CLMFNS1 )
     According to Fentress, "Bible Road departs from the tired 'the tomb was
 empty/ the tomb was full' argument that seems to get trotted out every year
 at Easter. This book leaves that musty academic debate behind and hits the
 streets, revealing a place where ordinary citizens across the country have
 marked the landscape with striking signs of the Holy Spirit."
     Working on a variety of levels -- first as documentary photography,
 then as art, and then, for those with deeper hunger and with eyes to hear
 and ears to see -- Bible Road is a self-help book, even a prayer book,
 revealing an illuminated manuscript for the 21st Century believer.
     Newsweek hails, "Here's how good this book of photographs is: I have no
 idea if Sam Fentress is a Christian -- of any stripe -- or not. He might be
 a nonbeliever. He could be a holy roller. There is simply no way to tell
 from looking at his pictures ... But long after you've stopped smiling,
 you'll still be thinking about the zeal that pushed people to proclaim
 their faith on every conceivable surface available to them. And once you
 get over remarking on the subject matter, you'll stop and notice just what
 a fine, understated photographer Fentress is."
 
 

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    AVON, Mass., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Faith along the American road, in
 the most unlikely places -- from a hand-painted L.A. sign hawking barbeque
 and Jesus, past a curious Ohio silo bearing a quarter horse and "John 3:3",
 to haunting graffiti on a rock wall in Harlem -- that's Bible Road. A stark
 and striking photographic essay that goes deep into the heart of American
 culture, this 25-year documentary project captures religious expression in
 big cities, small towns and along forsaken highways. A full-scale study of
 a quintessentially American religious phenomenon, this book extends
 displays of faith beyond the Easter Sunday sermon.
     (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20070326/CLMFNS1 )
     According to Fentress, "Bible Road departs from the tired 'the tomb was
 empty/ the tomb was full' argument that seems to get trotted out every year
 at Easter. This book leaves that musty academic debate behind and hits the
 streets, revealing a place where ordinary citizens across the country have
 marked the landscape with striking signs of the Holy Spirit."
     Working on a variety of levels -- first as documentary photography,
 then as art, and then, for those with deeper hunger and with eyes to hear
 and ears to see -- Bible Road is a self-help book, even a prayer book,
 revealing an illuminated manuscript for the 21st Century believer.
     Newsweek hails, "Here's how good this book of photographs is: I have no
 idea if Sam Fentress is a Christian -- of any stripe -- or not. He might be
 a nonbeliever. He could be a holy roller. There is simply no way to tell
 from looking at his pictures ... But long after you've stopped smiling,
 you'll still be thinking about the zeal that pushed people to proclaim
 their faith on every conceivable surface available to them. And once you
 get over remarking on the subject matter, you'll stop and notice just what
 a fine, understated photographer Fentress is."
 
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