View camera portraits of "obscure midwestern denizens" interspersed with writings and documents by J. Shimon & J. Lindemann of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The photographs capture the flavor of the landscape and the quiet melancholy realities of American rural and small town life. As photographers, the artists establish a subjective historical view; they become involved in situations and respond to them.Their early captivation with Depression-era FSA photos, Edward Steichen's masterful gum prints, anonymous snapshots, and Robert Frank--who gave them the impulse to photograph everything in their path--has led them to a "new timelessness" in contemporary imagery and themes. Shimon and Lindemann met as art students in 1981, with Midwestern punk an early influence and connection. They are Assistant Professors of Art at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin. Catalog for "It Takes One to Know One" exhibition at Sarah Bowen Gallery, Brooklyn, New York... More > (September-October 2006). 28 b/w and color illustrations.< Less
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By Chi Chi Valenti
Oct 15, 2009
"Absolutely stunning slice of life" This was one of the first books I bought on Lulu, chosen simply because I wanted to see the quality of photographic printing, and I liked the premise of this one. I have since read it from cover to cover, gone back to it several times, and find it inspiring as a publisher and writer. This book offers a peek into a small corner of America that as a New Yorker I probably never would have visited. The stories told here in brilliant portraits and brief bursts of text make one interested in this loose community of misfits, State Fair beauty queens and punk rockers. It is a book that probably wouldn't have been published through old-style channels, and one that so deserved to be.
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