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Meetings Hardcover – 1 Jul 2005

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Chris Boot; 01 edition (1 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954281381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954281380
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 24.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,084,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
Who would have thought that photos of a bunch of local worthies sitting round a table could be so fascinating? Shambroom's inspired idea was to capture the bottom layer of the democratic process, the one that intimately affects the everyday activities of most of us. The people in these photos control civic work that makes life pleasant for millions of Americans. The beauty of the system is that if your life isn't as pleasant as you think it should be you can say so and put yourself forward to get elected and try things your way.

The forty meetings in the book are a selection of the 150 Shambroom photographed between 1999 and 2003, mostly in small towns with a few from large metro areas. Plate twenty-nine shows the Community Board of Manhattan District 7 (population over 200,000) sitting in an appropriately stately room with large portraits behind them and at the other extreme is plate thirteen showing the five team City Council of Berkley, Iowa (population 24) sitting round a table in the classroom of a local school.

The large format straight on photos capture the moment at these meetings, mostly everyone looks very serious (bored even?) and away from the camera. They are talking amongst themselves or listening to someone speaking away from Shambroom's camera. For such a simple shot there is a huge amount of detail to take in, the people, tables with papers, office furniture, walls with maps, paintings, flags and more. I thought it interesting that in so many of these meetings each person had a nameplate in front of them. Real people doing their civic duty.

There is however another element to this book that I think lifts it way above the usual photographer's monograph.
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