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Borowiec The New Heartland: Looking for the American Dream
by Andrew Borowiec
with essay by David Giffels

A powerful portrait of the new American heartland!

During the past thirty years, there has emerged throughout America a new kind of urban vision that blends residential/suburban development with large-scale commercial centers. Rolling farmland and country estates that used to surround towns and cities have given way to vast housing developments that feature nearly identical, hastily built mini-mansions with enormous garages and fancy yards. These are the new bedroom communities for middle-class Americans who commute to urban America where the jobs are.

For the first time, however, these residential enclaves are linked to big-box shopping complexes. Traditional Main Streets of yore have been eclipsed by malls known as "lifestyle centers" that are filled with national chains whose commercial architecture is a blend of multiple historic periods and styles that create a fanciful display but have no relation to regional traditions. Behind this imagined past era of luxurious consumerism is a ubiquitous culture based on global marketing in which homogenization and conformity have won over the American dream and created a new kind of American heartland.

Andrew Borowiec is the first photographer to provide a comprehensive vision of this new American landscape. He directs our attention toward how such development has evolved in his home state of Ohio, a longstanding bellwether for American tastes and values whose citizens have voted for every winning candidate in a presidential election, including Trump, but one since 1944. It's also the place where fast-food companies test-market new products and the place where chewing gum, Teflon, and the first airplane, cash register, gas-powered automobile, traffic signal, and vacuum cleaner were invented. Even the state's Division of Travel and Tourism has long relied on "Ohio, the Heart of It All" as its popular motto to attract visitors to the state.

Andrew Borowiec's work follows in the tradition of other legendary photographers who so keenly interpreted land and life in America—among them Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Robert Adams and the other New Topographics photographers. He has used his keen eye and extensive fieldwork to give us a fresh, humorous, and razor-sharp view of what is happening in America today. There is a new heartland, representing a new American dream, and it can be found in the new residential and commercial landscapes of Ohio and the rest of America, if we choose to open our eyes and take a look.


$45.00 U.S. (trade discount) No e-book has been authorized.
96 pages with 67 color photographs by the author
11.875" x 9.875" horizontal/landscape
ISBN: 978–1–938086–19–9

Published in June 2021

Distributed by Casemate/IPM
No e-book has been authorized.

Published in association with The American Land Publishing Project

About the Author and the Essayist

Book Events & Exhibitions:
Through August 2022
Iris BookCafe and Gallery
1331 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH

February 7 -May 17, 2015
The Post-Industrial Rust Belt
Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
(read about the exhibition and see images here)

Book Information Sheet (pdf)

View a selection of photos from The New Heartland: Looking for the American Dream featured on
the Politico Magazine web site






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