Take a side trip off the beaten track. Who among us doesn't remember our first carnival ride, cotton candy stuck to our chin, the two-bit prize that made you feel like a million dollars. Photographer Jeff Brouws takes us to a safe place, tucked away on memory lane.
Jeff Brouws talks about his fairground photos in our photo
Jeff Brouws has been photographing different aspects of American culture over the last 20 years. Drawn to what cultural anthropologists often refer to as TOADS (Temporary, Obsolete, Abandoned, Derelict Sites) Brouws's photographs draw beauty out of the mundane and overlooked.
His work has been published in HIGHWAY: AMERICA'S ENDLESS DREAM, INSIDE THE LIVE REPTILE TENT: THE TWILIGHT WORLD OF THE CARNIVAL MIDWAY and a book to be published this April entitled READYMADES: AMERICAN ROADSIDE ARTIFACTS. His work is held in numerous public and private collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum. A native Californian, he now makes his home in upstate New York.
All images are © copyrighted by Jeff Brouws. All images are reproduced with kind permission of the artist.