Publisher: Santa Fe, New Mexico: Twin Palms Publishers, 2013
Edition: 3rd Edition
Condition: New / New
Item #: 112599
Third edition. Hardcover, with photographically illustrated dust jacket. 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 shrink-wrap.
From the publisher: "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."