This web site is an extension of my real photographic
studio allowing those of you who haven't seen my works, displayed at prominent Art Shows, a
chance to personally get a first hand tour. I'm adding additional photo
categories as my field trips produce photographs suitable for framing
and future photo subject books.
Book 1 Description...During her time as an art student in New York
City, Mary 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
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."
One-Room Schoolhouses by Mary Keithan (Paperback - May 30, 2008)
Purchase signed copies of this book ...click
Book 2 Description.. Nostalgic reminders of a time now
past, one-room schoolhouses are deeply embedded in our heritage. Decades after their
original purpose and inhabitants have vanished, they dot the rural landscape in all
conditions, from neglected and near collapse to handsomely renovated places repurposed
into a new existence as living quarters. Today no matter their state they stand as
miniature gems of nineteenth-century American history as well as charming examples of
rural architecture---above all, things to be treasured and preserved. Mary Keithan's
Michigan One-Room Schoolhouses is a beautifully illustrated chronicle that details nearly
a hundred of the state's early schoolhouses. Together with information about each
schoolhouse's architecture and history, including interviews with former students and
teachers, Keithan's photographs bring these structures back to life and assure their place
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 show below.
Click on Photos to enlarge
In 1990, shortly after acquiring a prized 8" x 10" view camera, I set out to
chronicle on film vivid images of the rural landscape's most endangered visual treasures,
its aging, historic barns and one room school houses. Every year I take a photography
field trip into rural regions of the Midwestern states seeking to document the fading
memories of our heart lands. This year I will be releasing my second book showcasing a
visual history of The One Room Schoolhouse to go along with my Michigan Historic
Barns" photo journal sold at Amazon and local bookstores.
works, including a new book, will encourage the property owners, local communities and
historical restoration groups of the importance of preserving our Michigan heritage.
Thankfully our rural landscape and culture continues to thrive in these most modern of
times just as it did throughout our past. Through my camera lens I'm often taken back in
time when life was simpler and these Old barns were the centerpoints of all community
gatherings. Photographs from most of Michigan's eighty counties are included in my book to
create a collection that celebrates Michigan's rural heritage. Enjoy your visit and
capture the spirit.
Monthly "SPOTLIGHT" Photo
Desert Storm Barn Photo
Rural Old Barn in Michigan has weathered boards and intact Silo
Some of Mary Keithan's Photos in a collage. Click any image to enlarge.
All photographs and posters are available for
sale here at my gift shop. If you see a photo you'd like to have for your home or office use our convenient order form. I gladly accept special field assignments and have
published here my photo gallery exhibit schedule. If you have a special request, like an
autographed book or want to see some additional photo samples (shipped ready for matting
and framing ) just e-mail me. Wholesale orders
are accepted for Art or Framing shop owners. Again.. E-mail me for all the particulars and
dealer pricing or give me a call at (586) 749-9941.
Got a great Photograph
of barns or single room schools?
Send me your photo with a profile on the history, current owner and
contact information and I'll see if it's suitable to post it here ( with credits) on our
visitors gallery contributors page.
New One Room School house
photos will be added here to celebrate the new photo journal book by Mary Keithan
when released in 2008
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