Photographing the Cool Kids

April 11, 2014

What does it mean to be cool? According to scholar Joel Dinerstein, it means a person who conveys “relaxed intensity.” Using this definition, Dinerstein and Frank Goodyear III curated a photography exhibition of “American Cool” at National Portrait Gallery. The portraits feature everyone from Joan Didion to David Byrne.

is an associate editor for The Millions and an editor in Atlanta. She tweets at @temalone.

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