Publisher: Santa Fe, New Mexico and Oakland, California: Twin Palms Publishers and TBW Books (These Birds Walk), 2013
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 110275
Price is net to all; promotional discounts do not apply.
First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 225 copies, housed in a screen printed, signed and numbered chipboard slipcase. The book is also signed by Brodie. Hardcover, with screen printed dust jacket printed on 75-lb butcher paper. The jacket design originates from Brodie's handwritten notes from the afterword of the book itself. Photographs and text by Mike Brodie. 104 pp., with 60 four-color plates. 13 x 11 inches.
[Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume III. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2014)].
New in publisher's packaging.
From the publisher of the trade edition (Twin Palms Publishers): "At 17 Mike Brodie hopped his first train close to his home in Pensacola, FL thinking he would visit a friend in Mobile, AL. Instead the train went in the opposite direction to Jacksonville, FL. Days later, Brodie rode the same train home, arriving back where he started. Nonetheless, it sparked something and Brodie began to wander across the U.S. by any means that were free - walking, hitchhiking and train hopping.
Shortly after, Brodie found a Polaroid camera stuffed behind a car seat. With no training in photography, the instant camera was an opening for Brodie to document his experiences. As a way of staying in touch with his transient community, Brodie shared his pictures on various websites gaining the moniker “The Polaroid Kidd” [sic]. When the Polaroid film he used was discontinued, Brodie switched to 35mm film and a sturdy 1980s camera.
Brodie spent years crisscrossing the U.S. amassing a collection, now appreciated as one of the most impressive archives of American travel photography. When asked about his approach to travel and photography Brodie has said, "sometimes I take a train the wrong way or…whatever happens a photo will come out of it, so it doesn't really matter where I end up."
From the artist: "I have ridden trains over 50,000 miles and taken over 7,000 photographs. I won first place and $10,000 in a photo contest. I gave the money to my mom. I got Internet famous. I deleted my website and stopped taking photos, went back to school and became a diesel mechanic. I don't think much about being rich. I don't want to be famous but I hope this work is remembered forever."