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The phenomenon of public gathering is by no means unique to America. But the contemporary U.S. landscape is full of environments, both built and natural, with an undeniable magnetism for crowds. Over the last two decades, the photographer Mike Sinclair has amassed a collection of striking images highlighting a range of American settings that draw people toward them. For Sinclair, the images reflect his interest in being a better observer than a participant; for the viewers, the shots offer a look through a specific lens.

"These photos all have sort of a Midwestern sensibility," says Sinclair. "But really, one picture is taken on the ocean in California, one is taken in the middle of Manhattan, and a few were taken in Las Vegas. I guess I just put the Midwestern filter on it."

What follows is a selection from Mike Sinclair's "Popular Attractions."

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