The Regulars

Overview

A bartender-photographer trains her eye on the patrons at McGlinchey's bar

It's four o'clock in the afternoon and the regulars start to file into the perpetual twilight of a downtown bar in Philadelphia. Bartender Sarah Stolfa pours out the drinks then picks up her camera.

McGlinchey's is a haven for drinkers from all walks of life: You'll meet the rebellious college student with pink-streaked hair and a bottle of hangover-inducing brew; the ...

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Overview

A bartender-photographer trains her eye on the patrons at McGlinchey's bar

It's four o'clock in the afternoon and the regulars start to file into the perpetual twilight of a downtown bar in Philadelphia. Bartender Sarah Stolfa pours out the drinks then picks up her camera.

McGlinchey's is a haven for drinkers from all walks of life: You'll meet the rebellious college student with pink-streaked hair and a bottle of hangover-inducing brew; the sharply dressed businessman with a yearning look; the pensive loner carefully ignoring his newspaper and bag of chips; and the former prom king with his tie and V-neck sweater, double fisting a shot and a beer.

The urban bar experience is brought to life in these pages, topped off with an introduction written by best-selling author Jonathan Franzen and Stolfa's own meditations on finding her inspiration while tending bar. For young hipsters, grizzled old-timers, and everyone in between, The Regulars is as elegant as an Old Master painting and as down-home as a bottle of Bud.

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What People Are Saying

Richard Ford
"What I like very much about Ms. Stolfa's photographs (though they don't always make me comfortable, and don't really seem to be portraits) is their effort at human acceptance within the boundaries of her own necessarily confined photographic vernacular. Photographs don't say things; they just are. But Stolfa's pictures--were they to speak to us in words--would, I believe, say yes."
From the Publisher
"The Regulars has something like the collective impact of a great collection of Short Stories, like Joyce's Dubliners or Raymond Carver's Will You Please be Quiet Please, creating an entire world before our eyes. Sarah Stolfa is a tremendous talent."
—Jay McInerney

"The Regulars has something like the collective impact of a great collection of Short Stories, like Joyce's Dubliners or Raymond Carver's Will You Please be Quiet Please, creating an entire world before our eyes. Sarah Stolfa is a tremendous talent."
—Jay McInerney

"I can't look at The Regulars without feeling a strange envy and longing—a wish to be one of the regulars myself."
—Jonathan Franzen

"What I like very much about Ms. Stolfa's photographs (though they don't always make me comfortable, and don't really seem to be portraits) is their effort at human acceptance within the boundaries of her own necessarily confined photographic vernacular. Photographs don't say things; they just are. But Stolfa's pictures—were they to speak to us in words—would, I believe, say yes."
—Richard Ford

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579653927
  • Publisher: Artisan
  • Publication date: 7/1/2009
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,207,292
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jonathan Franzen is the author of numerous books, among them The Twenty-Seventh City, How to Be Alone, and the hugely successful The Corrections, winner of the National Book Award. He lives in New York City.

Sarah Stolfa began photographing while tending bar in Philadelphia as a college student at Drexel University. Despite being relatively new to the field, she won The New York Times Photography Contest for College Students. Her numerous awards include the Noah Addis Photojournalism Award and an artist in residency at the Whitney Museum. She is represented by Gallery 339 in Philadelphia and Silverstein Photography in New York.

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