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Inside the Live Reptile Tent: The Twilight World of the Carnival Midway
Synopses & Reviews
Among the most accomplished color photographers of our time, Jeff Brouws presents over 80 resplendent photographs capturing the dreamy magic of the carnival midway. Gravity-defying amusement rides, brightly colored booths, the beseeching barkersBrouws' tableaux are accompanied by dozens of historical images from photographers such as Ben Shahn, Marion Post Wolcott, and Arthur Rothstein, and vivid text by cultural historian Bruce Caron. Inside the Live Reptile Tent is a journey to the heart of every special weekend and holiday adventure.
Book News Annotation:
Photographer of American culture Brouws and cultural anthropologist and documentary videographer Caron team up to explore the carnival midway. They combine contemporary color and historical monochrome photographs with essays on such topics as questionable taste, the politics of laughter, and specific types of booths. There is no index.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Jeff Brouws who has been photographing American culture over the last 15 years. His previous books include Highway: America's Endless Dream and Twenty-six Abandoned Gasoline Stations. He lives in upstate New York.
Bruce Caron a cultural anthropologist and documentary videographer. He lives in Santa Barbara.
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