In his new book Conventional Wisdom, photographer and author Arthur Drooker offers a behind-the-scenes look at 10 of the quirkiest conventions in the U.S.
Saturday, October 8, 2016, from 5–7PM
There are nearly two million conventions, conferences, and trade shows each year in the United States, and each offers the opportunity for like-minded people to congregate, bond, and express themselves. In his new book Conventional Wisdom, photographer and author Arthur Drooker offers a behind-the-scenes look at 10 of the quirkiest conventions—from the Association of Lincoln Presenters to the World Taxidermy Championships to Merfest.
Join Arthur at The Image Flow Saturday, October 8. He’ll discuss the book and the adventure of making it and sign copies. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Conventional Wisdom, to be released by Glitterati on August 15, 2016, captures the sense of community, culture, and connection that embodies these events where people from all walks of life and around the world, are free to explore their “outer selves” without fear of being judged. Arthur dives deep into the heart of these zany subsets of American popular culture where for a weekend each year, the outside world no longer exists.
Arthur’s humorous and insightful text, including intimate interviews with convention attendees, compliments his vibrant photographs made 2013–2015. Renowned Vanity Fair culture critic James Wolcott wrote the introduction.
“These photographs are a revelation and a testament that the much-mourned ‘old, weird America’ isn’t quite dead yet. It has simply adopted a new Technicolor dreamcoat of disguises.” — James Wolcott
Conventional Wisdom shows that regardless of what they’re about, where they’re held, or who attends them, all conventions satisfy a basic human urge: a longing to belong. Those who share similar interests, even obsessions, come together to be themselves while forging new relationships and joining a larger community.
Read more about the book in these articles:
- Photographing My Little Pony and Mermaid Subcultures at America’s Fan Conventions
- These Are the Strangest Conventions in America
- Finding Kindred Spirits at Conventions
- Photos Take Us Behind the Scenes at Fetish Con (NSFW)
Author bio: Arthur Drooker is the author and photographer of American Ruins (Merrell, 2007), Lost Worlds: Ruins of the Americas (ACC, 2011), and Pie Town Revisited (UNM Press, 2015). His work has been the subject of a feature story on CBS Sunday Morning and has been exhibited at the Virginia Center for Architecture, the Louisiana Art and Science Museum, the Wichita Museum of Art, and the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C., among other institutions. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in American Civilization, Arthur imbues his photography with an understanding of and appreciation for cultures past and present. In addition to being a photographer and author, Arthur has also been a writer-producer-director of television documentaries for the History Channel and A&E. His award-winning efforts include biographies of Martin Luther King, James Dean, and Annie Oakley, as well as marquee specials about West Point and the American Revolution. For more information about Arthur and to see a selection of his work, please visit arthurdrooker.com.