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LaPorte, Indiana by Jason Bitner
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Oct 18, 08

Picture worth a thouasand words - blah blah blah, whatever. That said, this cleverly arranged collection of portraits of middle America circa 1950-70, rescued from a defunct photo studio, was all-consuming, and -for me- moving. I just gazed and gazed at these faces, and their inferred stories and real mystery. The book is deeply saturated w/ humanity, and the overwhelming normality of the sitters makes it almost easier to feel their vulnerabilities and grasp at their souls than something more extraordinary by, say, Walker Evans. Well chosen.

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