By (author) Paul Shambroom

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  • Publisher: CHRIS BOOT
  • Format: Hardback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 246mm x 310mm x 15mm | 885g
  • Publication date: 30 June 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0954281381
  • ISBN 13: 9780954281380
  • Illustrations note: 40 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 538,829

Product description

An essay in the representation of politics, these large-format panoramic photographs of town council meetings across the United States are the result of four years of traveling by artist-photographer Paul Shambroom. Photographing civic meetings as staged tableaux, his pictures resemble epic history paintings, describing the humble practice of local government and the character of small town America on a grand scale. The images are accompanied by the minutes of each meeting--40,000 words reproduced on bible paper at the back of the book.

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'...Shambroom gives us a glimpse of the largely unseen machinery that quietly but persistently determines the way we live. ... In Shambroom's pictures, the simple, actual event is revealed as a marvellous and beautiful enactment of the highest democratic ideals of equality, dialogue and representation. They are pictures not just of rituals, but of the real-life practice of self and community empowerment.' Diane Mullin in ArtReview (October 2003)