Vassar, Michigan 1949–50:
Photographs by Dick Swanson
Publication year: 2009
Format: Hardcover, 46 pages
Size: 11.25 x 8.75 in
Product #: SM-PB001
Price: US$93.00 Out of print (Individual photo prints are available; see below.)
| Book description (from the Introduction)
As a young freelance photographer in Vassar, Michigan, Dick Swanson took hundreds of pictures for local newspapers, businesses, schools and individuals during the late 1940s and early 1950s. These black and white images, taken with a Graflex Speed Graphic large format camera, capture virtually every aspect of a typical small midwestern U.S. town shortly after World War II.
The subjects of these photographs range from school cooks to football players; from power plants to old hotel rooms. Several images document post-war events such as memorial ceremonies and the immigration of European refugees.
Some of the photographs come from Swanson's coverage of the Vassar Centennial celebration in 1949. Over several days, as residents donned vintage nineteenth-century clothing and participated in activities of a bygone era, Swanson created dozens of striking (and often humorous) images in which time and place are ambiguous, and whose subjects appear at once familiar and strange.
A perfect gift for a family member from Michigan or aficionado of American social documentary photography!