BRODIE, Mike. A Period of Juvenile Prosperity. (Santa Fe, New Mexico): (Twin Palms / TBW Books), (2012).-ONE OF 300 WITH A SIGNED SLIPCASE

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A Period of Juvenile Prosperity.
(Santa Fe, New Mexico): (Twin Palms / TBW Books), (2012).

4to (330 × 279 mm), pp.[104]. Colour photographs. Essay by Brodie. Design and editing by Jack Woody. Photo-illustrated endpapers. Black cloth-covered boards, spine lettered in black. Signed and dated by Brodie in black ink on title-page. Printed brown paper dust-jacket. Brown cardboard slipcase, screenprinted in black, press-numbered and signed by Brodie on front. Fine.

First edition, one of 300 issued in a signed slipcase. At the age of 17 Mike Brodie jumped on a train close to his home in Pensacola, Florida thinking he would visit a friend in Mobile, Alabama. Instead the train was travelling in the opposite direction towards Jacksonville, Florida. A couple of days later Brodie jumped on the same train back home. Shortly after Brodie began to travel across the United States by walking, hitchhiking, and train-hopping, all means that were free. any means that were free. A little later he found a camera and began documenting his experiences as he spent years criss-crossing the country.

In the afterword he writes: '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.’

Parr, M. and Badger, G., The Photobook: A History vol. III p.143.


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