2.28.2013

MIKE BRODIE: A Period of Juvenile Prosperity
 Book + Exhibitions

 Photograph © Mike Brodie

  Photograph © Mike Brodie

  Photograph © Mike Brodie

 Photograph © Mike Brodie
 
  Photograph © Mike Brodie


"Mike Brodie doesn’t have a telephone, so I asked someone who asked someone who asked Mike Brodie a few questions..." Read Brodie's Interview

“Mike Brodie spent years crisscrossing the U.S. amassing a collection, now appreciated as one of the most impressive archives of American travel photography. At 17 he 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 he began to wander across the U.S. by any means that were free - walking, hitchhiking and train hopping. Shortly after, he found a Polaroid camera stuffed behind a car seat. With no training in photography and coke-bottle glasses, the instant camera was an opening for Brodie to document his experiences. As a way of staying in touch with his transient community, he shared his pictures on various websites gaining the moniker “The Polaroid Kidd”. When the Polaroid film he used was discontinued, Brodie switched to 35mm film and a sturdy 1980’s camera.”–Twin Palms

Book
Mike Brodie: A Period of Juvenile Prosperity

First Edition, Casebound
Twin Palms Publishers
 
Exhibitions
Mike Brodie: Period of Juvenile Prosperity

March 7–April 6, 2013
Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

Mike Brodie: Period of Juvenile Prosperity

16 Mar - 11 May 2013
M+B Gallery, Los Angeles

11 comments:

Susan May Tell said...

Love his photos and the interview. Very mysterious. Hope he'll be at the opening in NYC ...

Randall Scott said...

In an age of Instagram and post-production art distorting the real...Mike Brodie brings back the joy of looking at a photograph.

Joanna Black said...

A refreshing contrast yet somehow strongly reminding me of Ryan McGinley work. These images are really great.

Kathleen Clark said...

In the late 90s Virginia Lee Hunter started a series called Train Hopping, while traveling hobo style off and on for years. Can't find the series but here's a bit of it with writing by Ben Ehrenreich. http://www.catchingout.com/laweekly.html

David Paul Carr said...

Hardly a sophisticated response but... Wow! wow! wow!

Anonymous said...

An incredible story and beautiful photographs!

Loretta Ayeroff said...

If there is an award for flawless taste in photography, I'd nominate Elizabeth Avedon.......

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Anonymous said...

Check out Mike Brodie on
TIME – Lightbox: http://ti.me/ZW8yXr

Andrew Lamb said...

Fantastic photos. Very powerful. Best set of work I've seen in a while.

McGinley's photos are, by his own admission, largely set up. They're a fantasy.

Brodie's seem to be the real deal. Really impressive.

Mark Kalan said...

Brodie was definitely the right person in the right place at the right time with the right idea. A visual Kerouac. Impressive body of work at such a young age.