Portraits of the American Craftsmanby Tadd Myers
"Stunning..." - Parade Magazine"A rare pictorial journey across America." - Bookpage Portraits of the American Craftsman is a collection of portraits of the people and products made in small workshops all over the country, with lyrical descriptions of what they make, who they are, and the tradition embedded in their trade. This book is a celebration of the handmade
"Stunning..." - Parade Magazine"A rare pictorial journey across America." - Bookpage Portraits of the American Craftsman is a collection of portraits of the people and products made in small workshops all over the country, with lyrical descriptions of what they make, who they are, and the tradition embedded in their trade. This book is a celebration of the handmade at a time when it's being embraced by a new generation of DIY and local-focused consumers who are averse to the mass-produced.Award-winning photographer Tadd Myers is four years into a cross-country journey to capture images of the American craftsman engaged in his work. At a time when the public is growing disenchanted by the disposable items that litter the American landscape, the workers in Tadd's portraits are still using human eyes to guide human hands; the objects they make carry the souls of their makers. His beautifully rendered photographs and profiles celebrate the thriving American culture of true craftsmanship, which is alive and well in all parts of the country: from the Steinway factory in Queens, NY to hatmakers in Tennessee; from a carousel works shop in Ohio to guitar makers in Texas; from hatmakers in Chicago to boatbuilders in Vermont. In the connected realm of photo-rich social media platforms such as Pinterest and Etsy, and in reaction to the mammoth corporations that create and sell us our wares, we're seeing a boom of Americans of all ages re-evaluating the values that actually inspire them. Away from these conglomerates, the American craftsman keeps a different, more personal kind of work alive – work that is uniquely inspirational and genuine.
The impressive culmination of a cross-country voyage to document the ongoing tradition of fine workmanship in the United States, this labor of love from photographer Myers highlights detailed, masterly examples from across a swath of handmade products as surprisingly wide-ranging as accordions, spurs, and carousels. Some of these endeavors, such as the instruments created by Vince Pawless of Pawless Guitars in Gainesville, TX, who fits his production schedule around the needs of his father's farm, are the work of a single artisan. A spirit of collaboration and teamwork shows in the wonderful photographs of larger firms such as Steinway and Sons in Long Island City, NY, and Danner Inc., makers of boots in Portland, OR. Myers makes thoughtful use of shallow depth of field, converging parallel lines, subdued tones, and other intriguing compositional elements to reinforce the close relationship of craftsmen to the extraordinary objects they create. Overall, dozens of companies are featured in engaging, full-color images and brief written overviews. Baseball gloves, cowboy boots, alpine skis, knives, banjos, surfboards, pipes, holsters, brooms, stagecoaches—American heirloom craft manufacturing is alive and well! VERDICT A visual feast for lovers of fine things made right here in the United States.—Dan McClure, Pacific Northwest Coll. of Art Lib., Portland, OR
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
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- First Edition
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- 8.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Meet the Author
Tadd Myers is an award-winning photographer who specializes in advertising, corporate, and editorial projects. Tadd Myers Photography's clients include advertising agencies such as The Richards Group, Tribal DDB, TM Advertising, and companies such as MD Anderson, Dr. Pepper, American Airlines, Titleist, Apple, Harvard University, Verizon and Frito Lay, among others. Visit americancraftsmanproject.com.
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