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LaPorte, Indiana

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FOUND magazine editor Jason Bitner has made it a habit of picking up after us, walking down the back alleys of our lives, and accumulating all that we've thrown away or mislaid. One afternoon not long ago, after lunch at a small Midwestern diner, he stumbled onto a forgotten archive. In the back of the restaurant were box upon box of studio portraits of the townspeople of ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published February 23rd 2006 by Princeton Architectural Press
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Jess
Jun 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Bitner fans
Recommended to Jess by: found magazine
Bitner (of found) put together this collection of photographs of the citizens of LaPorte, Indiana from the 50s-70s.

They make it out like he rescued these from a dumpster but really they were just for sale in the back of a diner. Still cool, but still.

This is one of those books that I feel I'm supposed to "get" or have an emotional reaction to. Thing is, I didn't. Sure, it was fun to flip through the photographs but anyone who's seen photos from their grandparents's attic has seen this before.

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David
Oct 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 ex ...more
Olivia Arrow
Mar 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Not much to read, and anyhow, I heard all about the story behind the portraits previously on NPR. It's not a book for reading, it's a book for staring. So many interesting, bizarre faces to look into and wonder about.
Jeffrey Brown
Jun 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
lovely photography book. warms my midwestern heart... no words, but big, big story for sure.
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Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have found lots of unknown pictures in my day and was fascinated to see someone who actually preserved them.
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