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Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars

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In Tavern League, photographer Carl Corey documents a unique and important segment of the Wisconsin community. Our bars are unique micro-communities, offering patrons a sense of belonging. Many of these bars are the only public gathering place in the rural communities they serve. These simple taverns offer the individual the valuable opportunity for face to face conversati ...more
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published August 15th 2011 by Wisconsin Historical Society Press
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Rafael
Sep 21, 2016 Rafael rated it really liked it
Essays not so much, but the photos are perfect portraits of Wisconsin. A great document.
Kate
Jan 27, 2013 Kate rated it liked it
A book depicting through photography the ambiance and low-key tavern culture of Wisconsin and how it's kinda fading out to the more commercial sports bars. I feel more taverns could have been depicted here though (The Classic Saloon, The Holler House, Bank Shot, Aidan O'Reilly's, Dave's Lanes, Doodles Bar, Erin Inn, Hank's Restaurant & Drinkery, Hook, Line, & Sinker, The Mineshaft Bar, MJ Stevens, etc.). I guess most of them were shown for the up-north bars. But I feel the author and pho ...more
Kelli
Jan 14, 2017 Kelli rated it it was amazing
I haven't been to Wisconsin but I have been to many out-of-the-way bars in Michigan and Illinois and Corey gets these photos RIGHT. The cast of a table light on a drop-ceiling tile, uneven flooring, random decorations adorning a stuffed deer head on the wall - it all evokes a very specific type of bar and good time.

His real triumph is the lighting, though. The lighting looks just as it does when you are in a dive - Christmas twinklers, sunlight, neon, fluorescent, all intermixed - and that is a
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Jan 24, 2013 Amber rated it liked it
Wonderful photos, none of the that I hang out made the book. LOL maybe I'm hanging out at the wrong places!
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I’ve been a photographer for all of my adult life. I do documentary photography, which means that even though I carefully consider how I make a picture they are accurate depictions of real people and real places. I strive for honesty. This work has led me to be interviewed in numerous print and broadcast venues, including The National News Hour on PBS, Slate Magazine, Fast Company, The London Dail ...more
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