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Picture Show: Mayors Across America

The photographer Ed Morris describes the bicycle as "the perfect vehicle for traveling across the country," and the mayor as the "perfect...

The photographer Ed Morris describes the bicycle as "the perfect vehicle for traveling across the country," and the mayor as the "perfect vehicle for creating a collective portrait of the United States." It's only natural, then, that he would put the two together.His new book, Mayors Across America, documents his 3,600-mile, coast-to-coast bicycle trip, during which he photographed the mayors of the cities through which he passed, and in so doing, underscored something essential about our democratic spirit. Riding 65 miles a day for 59 days, Morris passed through 13 states at a remarkably brisk pace. But he still managed to photograph these men and woman-87 in all-as though he knew them intimately. And if indeed the images create a collective portrait of the country, then said portrait reveals an America that is hopeful, good-humored, and diverse. What follows is a selection from this project.

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