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Our Smallest Towns

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From Alabama to Wyoming, photographer Dennis Kitchen has roamed the lonesome highways to capture the quirky quintessence of Small Town, America. Journeying to the least populated town in each of the fifty states, Kitchen has discovered places so small that "the groom had to hold the shotgun himself." His beautiful, sepia-toned panoramic portraits are accompanied by intervi ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published August 1st 1995 by Chronicle Books (CA)
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Patterns in what I read. I am fascinated by the notion of the soul of the soil. That almost indefinable quality that sets one place apart from another. State historical journals are great for this, by the way. Anyway, this book is a fun project Kitchen decided to pursue. In 1995, he assembled a list of the smallest official town in each of the fifty states, then wrote to each town, asking permission to try to get a group shot of as many of the residents as possible, in front of some town landmar ...more
I’m a sucker for photo essays. This is one of my favorites. Kitchen traveled the US, photographing the smallest towns in each state. What a variety of responses he received! Some towns turned out in full force - all 2,4 or 6 of them. Others requested that their town not be photographed because they didn’t want people moving there (one town said they couldn’t afford the taxes if another family moved in and had children who needed schooling). Other towns eagerly encouraged people to move there - e ...more
Mike Ward
Lovely book of photos and stories - one from each of America's states - full review here
Katie Kenig
Interesting book, mainly photography.

Having spent half of my childhood in a tiny town similar to the ones in this book (smaller than many!) the faces and stories really resonated with my heart.
Tremendous photography, and a great subject.
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