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A Pennsylvania German Album

by George Tice
Essay by Millen Brand
Foreword by Sue Bender

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Godine

Hardcover
ISBN: 1-56792-076-4
Pages: 180
Size: 9.88" x 9.18"
Published: December 1998
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Fields of Peace unites two remarkable talents in masterful volume. The text, written by Millen Brand, illuminates the history of the Pennsylvania German sects who were united in their rejection of infant baptism. He provides a sympathetic portrait of these fascinating people (often erroneously called "Pennsylvania Dutch") who emigrated from Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries, found a home in the sympathetic commonwealth of William Penn, and settled primarily in and around Lancaster County. Primarily Amish and Mennonites, these are quiet and modest people whose lives of determined simplicity and whose passion for land seem totally anomalous in modern America. They continue to live lives of determined simplicity and agrarian focus that have all but disappeared.

The photographs by George Tice are some of the most compelling documentary imagery ever framed. In their unobtrusive vision, they capture the substance and the spirit of these self-reliant people. They also reflect over thirty years of gentle but persistent efforts to document their lives and record their customs. For George Tice, this has been a life work, and the breadth and generosity of his vision is manifest on every page.

First published in 1970 and here entirely reset with 39 new images added and every photograph reshot for duotone reproduction (as well as a new foreword by Sue Bender and a new afterword by Tice), this is not a "revised edition" but an entirely new book; one that will surely take its place among the classic documentary works of this century.

George Tice
George Tice is best-known for his meticulous black-and-white photography of New Jersey and its surrounds, where he has lived for most of his life. He spent his youth working at various photography-related businesses around New Jersey, including portrait studios and camera shops, photographing all the while. His first book of photographs, Paterson, was published by Rutgers University Press and exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1971. The success of this project led to his establishment as a major figure in the world of art photography, which he remains today. Tice continues to live and work in New Jersey, as do his daughters, who assist him in his studio.

Author: Millen Brand

Millen Brand was born in Jersey City, to a Pennsylvania Dutch family. After graduating from Columbia University, he worked as a psychiatric aide, a copywriter, and a lecturer at New York University and New Hampshire University before establishing himself as a writer with his bestselling first novel, The Outward Room. He later worked as a screenwriter and as an editor for Crown Publishers. Late in life, Brand began to rediscover his Pennsylvania Dutch heritage. In addition to writing the introduction for George Tice's Fields of Peace, he published a book of poems about the Pennsylvania Dutch called Local Lives. He also bought a small farm in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, where he spent his summers. He died in 1980 and was buried in Concord, Massachusetts.


Sue Bender

Sue Bender, who lives in Berkeley, has a special affection for the Amish and has spent many years among them. Her two books Plain and Simple: A Woman's Journey to the Amish and Everyday Sacred: A Woman's Journey Home were both widely praised.