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When two old friends died unexpectedly, Rick Schatzberg spent the next two years photographing the remaining group of a dozen men. Now in their 67th year, they have been close since early childhood. Schatzberg collected vintage photos that tell the story of this shared history and uses them to introduce each individual as they are today. These are paired with large-format portraits which connect the boy to the man. Mixing in text with these images, Schatzberg depicts friendship, aging, loss, and memory as the group arrives at the threshold of old age.

The Boys juxtaposes elements of place, personal history, and identity. The people and locale described are a specific product of the mid-20th-century suburban American landscape, but the book’s themes are radically universal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781576879634
Publisher: powerHouse Books
Publication date: 12/15/2020
Pages: 164
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.75(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Rick Schatzberg is a photographer and author based in Norfolk, CT and Brooklyn, NY. His first monograph, Twenty Two North, was awarded first prize at Australia’s Ballarat Foto International Biennale in 2015. He holds an MFA in photography from the University of Hartford.

Rick Moody is the author of the award-winning memoir The Black Veil, the novels Hotels of North America, The Four Fingers of Death, The Diviners, Purple America, The Ice Storm, Garden State, and multiple collections of short fiction. Moody is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and his work has been anthologized in Best American Stories, Best American Essays, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. He lives in Rhode Island.
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