Photo exhibition

Mike Brodie ‘A Period of Juvenile Prosperity’

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – 2015 Yusef Hawkin’s face is gone and now this child’s face has also been totally erased from the world. I believe her name was Janelle Lynn McCleese, born in 1987 and died in 1990. How did she die? I have imagined that she was hit by a car. The mural lived much longer than she did. Perhaps brevity really is part of the beauty and function of these murals—that their eventual loss further reflects the neighborhood’s demographic changes, the passage of time, the brevity of life. I won’t ever forget Janelle’s face and her lovingly fixed hair. She lives inside all of us who passed by and took notice of her as we walked down Lewis Ave.,-- us, the lucky living, wondrously and briefly animated by life.
© Mike Brodie
© Mike Brodie

From the 31rst of October 2014 until 30th of November 2014 at the Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire – 17 rue des Filles-du-Calvaire, 75003 Paris , France.
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Born in Arizona, Mike Brodie roams the American lands to offer brutal – from time to time shocking but always fascinating – images of those four years of travels, train by train, from one encounter to the next. Covered by masks such as pseudonyms, the amateur makes himself a name as the ‘‘Polaroid Kidd’’, the teeny-tiny child of the small format. Child, cause he was seventeen when he threw himself on the tracks and rails of (a) life, in 2002, with few personal effects and for what was supposed to be just a short journey… One that lasted several days soon followed by a much longer journey he left for with discretion… The modesty of the nickname doesn’t fully express the striking effect those American photographs still have on a photographic scene that lacks new ways of representing a well visited and thoroughly described territory. For his first personal exhibit in France, this photographic Denis Hopper presents a group of photographs published last year in the Twin Palms’ A Period of Juvenile Prosperity. (…) (Valentine Umansky)

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Véronique Poczobut, photo editor of PRIVATE magazine.

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