'Hoop' includes approximately 100 stunning photographs of a wide variety of American basketball hoops, from humble garage and street courts around the country to the open-air White House court.
Hoop includes approximately 100 stunning photographs of a wide variety of American basketball hoops, from humble garage and street courts around the country to the open-air White House court. Layton's photographs offer a breathtaking view of the weathered dreams, fading memories and future glories hanging from solitary backboards around the country. It is not just another book about basketball, nor is it another roundup of action photos. It is an artful portrait of an American institution for anybody who is passionate about basketball.
Robin Layton is an artist, filmmaker, and has been a photojournalist for the past 25 years. At age 24, she was named one of the eight most talented photographers in America by LIFE magazine. Her documentary images have been featured by the Smithsonian and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. After an award-winning career in newspapers, including key positions with The Virginian-Pilot and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Robin embarked on a freelance career that has taken her on documentary assignments around the worlc dash;photographing everything from street people to presidents. She is the author of A Letter to My Dog- Notes to Our Best Friends (Chronicle, 2012).
"This book makes you want to rediscover your childhood hoop." -NPR Michigan, Current State "Robin Layton breaks basketball down to one of its most essential elements: the hoop." -TIME, Sports
"The focus here is on the hoop, whether tacked to a tree or keeping lonely vigil over a playground." -American Photo
"For anybody who ever saw a basketball hoop on the side of the road and felt the immediate urge to play on it, this book details that feeling in a tangible way via awesome imagery. And, it;s just cool to see hoops that some of the biggest players in the NBA started on." -HoopsVibe
"Layton's camera pays homage to America's love for basketball." -Seattle Business
"Famouse or obscure, Layton consistently captures one thing in every picture--charater, which is impressive considering the breadth of the book." -Slam