North Portland Polaroids.
Photographs by Bobby Abrahamson.
Self-published, 2013. 80 pp., 70 duotone illustrations, 6x8½".
Photographer Bobby Abrahamson spent the better part of two years shooting hundreds of Polaroid Type 55 portraits of strangers he encountered on the streets of St. Johns, a distinct, historically working-class neighborhood in North Portland (Oregon). He has compiled 70 striking and diverse images in this revised and expanded limited edition book. There are only 100 copies printed, 10 of which will be sold as a special edition with an 8'x10' silver gelatin photograph printed by the photographer in his darkroom. An earlier version (smaller format, only 46 photos) was published in 2012. It sold out in two months. Julia Dolan,The Minor White Curator of Photography at the Portland Art Museum, writes in the book's foreword: 'Abrahamson meets these people exactly where they are, precisely where they want to or should be. Himself a resident of St. Johns, Abrahamson is not only their photographer, but their neighbor, and his subjects respect this-notice how close he manages to get to so many of them. Their command of space and direct gazes attest to an undistracted presence, a strong link to their environment, and a wary trust in the artist.' '...this place isn't just anywhere. It is St. Johns, and these are it's people, quietly yet eloquently described by Bobby Abrahamson and his photographs.'
About the Limited Edition
The limited edition includes a 8x10 silver gelatin print.