Tom Arndt’s Minnesota.
Photographs by Tom Arndt. Foreword by Garrison Keillor. Introduction by George Slade.
University Of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2009. 192 pp., 157 black & white illustrations, 11¼x11¼".
For forty years, acclaimed photographer and native Minnesotan Tom Arndt has been documenting the faces of Minnesota with unparalleled skill and candor. In Home, Arndt presents what he calls “a poem to my home state” through a series of poignant and compelling photographs that highlight the unique character of Minnesota.
From Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis to Main Street in Willmar, from carnival workers at the state fair to drag racing fans in Anoka, and from small-town street dances to the Aquatennial torchlight parade, Home captures everyday life in the North Star State. By allowing people’s lives to speak for themselves, Arndt’s photographs reveal the often forgotten moments that build common bridges across a diverse and ever-changing state.
Enriched with more than 100 photographs, along with a personal and insightful preface by the author and a foreword by Garrison Keillor, Home is a landmark testimony to the people and culture of Minnesota. Arndt approaches his subjects—he would call them neighbors—with honesty, empathy, and humanity, and what emerges is a portrait of Minnesota that is at once achingly familiar and surprisingly new.
Read Richard Gordon's review of Home in photo-eye Magazine.
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