Mary Keithan -photographic essay on Michigan Barns and one room school houses

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Hardcover, 1st ed.,180pp.
ISBN: 0870135201
Publisher: Michigan State University Press
Pub. Date: May 1999

 

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I'd like to thank these people for assisting me in my quest for unique barns & one-room schools to photograph for my preservation collection throughout the mid-western farming states.

Mary on a cold winter day photography field trip

Mary Keithan is a professional photographer living in Ray, Michigan. Her previous books include Michigan's Heritage Barns and A Time in Michigan: A Photographic Series. New York Times critic Vicki Goldberg selected Keithan's 1995 image "Desert Storm Barn" for the Light Impression Biennial.

What Keithan has captured with her camera and presented in Michigan's Heritage Barns is enriched with her own narrative, often including interesting histories from the barn owners themselves. Photographs from most of Michigan's eighty counties are included to create a collection that celebrates Michigan's rural heritage as no other does. To use Theodore Roethke's words, it is a visual hymn to "nobility of soul at odds with circumstance.  

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Book 1 Description...During her time as an art student in New York City, MaryBlack & White Photo Michigan Old Barns collectors book Keithan never imagined that one day she would drive the state of Michigan's labyrinthine back roads in search of architectural subjects for her photographs. But, in 1990, shortly after acquiring an 8" x 10" view camera, she began just such an odyssey. In the process she captured on film and preserved images of the rural landscape's most endangered visual treasures, its aging, historic barns.

Many of her "subjects" are in poor condition; many no longer stand. And while we might expect a photographic series on aging barns to be a sad chronicle of America's rural decline, instead Keithan gives us a visual story of endurance and perseverance, of a way of life that in our modern times continues to thrive.

What Keithan has captured with her camera and presented in Michigan's Heritage Barns is enriched with her own narrative, often including interesting histories from the barn owners themselves. Photographs from most of Michigan's eighty counties are included to create a collection that celebrates Michigan's rural heritage as no other does."

Credits are given to these organizations for their vast help:

The Michigan State University Museum in East Lansing; Pierce Street Gallery, Birmingham; Belen Gallery in The Women's Hall of Fame, Lansing; VanHoosen Museum, Rochester Hills; Macomb Community College, Center Campus; McCune Art Center, Petoskey. Her work has been in numerous publications including STYLE magazine, The Romeo Observer, Michigan Monthly, Lansing State Journal, The Eccentric, George Town Magazine, The Macomb Daily, and Folklife Annual 1998. Artist interview and exhibition reviews were aired on Channel 55, and WTRY TV Channel 53.

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NEW: The best of Contributor listings will be posted here!! Send in some of your favorite photos for evaluation and display as I'll plan a field trip to take photos with my old fashion field camera.

Please e-mail me! You may send me Barn or school photos with a profile on the history, current owner and contact information and I'll see about posting it here on my gallery contributors page.

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I do professional photos for businesses, individuals, events and communities too. Just call (586) 749-9941 to discuss your needs or order finished photos. In 2005 we will start a online photo album and e-mail forum where anyone can post Old Barn, One Room Schoolhouses, and rural american pictures.

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