A Period of Juvenile Prosperity

A Period of Juvenile Prosperity

Book - 2012 | 1st ed.
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Photographs taken by Mike Brodie between 2006 and 2009 in the United States.
Publisher: Santa Fe, NM : Twin Palms, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781936611027
1936611023
Branch Call Number: 779 BRODIE
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 34 cm.

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otterno11
Jan 31, 2018

Beautiful, gritty, and thought-provoking, these images provoke a lot of questions and reactions from the viewer. I had first heard of this collection of photographs on NPR and I am glad I was quickly able to request it from the Hennepin County Library Minneapolis Central branch, which has one of the 3000 copies currently available. Following the photographer Mike Brodie (known on the ‘net as the Polaroid Kidd) between 2006 and 2009 as he jumped freight trains with a varying group of other adventurous young people as they attempt to travel as far as possible for as little money as possible, operating far off of the grid of the normal conformity of American culture. In living this life, he grants an intimacy to these portraits that most journalists or photographers might struggle to capture. In addition to capturing these people who, for whatever reason, follow this life of freedom, the photography illustrates the divergent landscapes of America as well, wilderness, rural, suburban, urban. The images are presented in a spare, gallery style, neither judging nor romanticizing the train hopping lifestyle and the photos can only speak for themselves.

For me, I feel that they are a great portrait of this period of American history. While on occasion seeming to reflect comparison to the “Dirty Thirties” during the height of the Great Depression, the post-punk style of the clothes, tattoos, and squats these young men and women inhabit are distinctly contemporary. I can’t help but feel that as our economy and environment continue to falter (i.e., the Great Recession) this subculture will only increase as people travel to escape the drudgery of modern life or are simply unable to find employment. A great example of a places and populations normally unseen in our culture, and it is amazing how much power and emotion can be packed into one photograph.

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thursday13
Sep 01, 2014

How does crap like this get published? Being an artist, I'm all for personal expression but this isn't art it's just garbage.

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