Pamela Littky, American Fair

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Pamela Littky, American Fair

Pamela Littky's affecting images capture the unifying quintessence of the American fair's cult aura of kitsch and nostalgia...

Embarking on a road trip in the summer of 2015, Los Angeles-based photographer Pamela Littky travelled to over 15 States; taking in small towns and cities as she captured the sights and quintessence of the American fair.

Pamela Littky, American Fair Published by Kehrer Verlag

A cornerstone of American communities for over 150 years—evolving from a place where farmers would meet and promote agriculture to the better-known carnival with rides, games, and quirky sideshows—the humble fair has long bestowed unbridled fun and a unique sense of brotherhood upon American society; uniting disparate communities in a cult aura of kitsch and nostalgia.

“I drove thousands of miles to experience and document this most ‘American’ of American traditions,” reveals Littky of her extensive travels, “visiting fairs all over the country, teeming with the people who call the surrounding area home.”

Producing a collection of spontaneous and disarming photographs along the way, cultures and generations spanned, these affecting images have been compiled in the photographer’s third book; simply entitled American Fair. The 160-page monograph set to be published by Kehrer Verlag on 13 March.

At a time where the cultural fabric of the United States tilts precariously, Littky proves that—although the popularity of the fair may not be the same as it was throughout the 20th century—year after year, from state to state, it certainly continues to attract and unite people from different backgrounds and upbringings keen to celebrate diversity, community, and culture.

@pamelalittky
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Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi

Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Del Mar, California

Del Mar, California

Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Selma, Alabama

Selma, Alabama

Gordon, Nebraska

Gordon, Nebraska

Bladen, Nebraska

Bladen, Nebraska

Cimarron, Kansas

Cimarron, Kansas

Cimaroon, Kansas

Cimaroon, Kansas

Dodge City, Kansas

Dodge City, Kansas

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Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles, California

Lebanon, Tennessee

Lebanon, Tennessee
All images © Pamela Littky from the book American Fair,
published by Kehrer Verlag

Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi

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