Meetings Hardcover – 1 Jul 2005
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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.Read more ›