Carl Corey ~ Wisconsin


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Carl Corey: " I’ve been a photographer for all of my adult life. The kind of photography I do is called fine art documentary photography, which means that even though I carefully consider how I make a picture they are accurate depictions of real people and real places. I strive for honesty."
Blue: Time Cards
By Carl Corey
River Falls, Wisconsin: Carl Corey, 2016. Edition of 10.

13.75 x 7.5" open-top cloth-covered box containing 23 'time cards' (13 x 7"). Each signed on the reverse by the artist. Each spot varnished.

BLUE - A Portrait of the American Worker is the fourth book project undertaken by Carl Corey. It is a documentary of the American worker comprised of still photographic portraits made in the workplace. Blue – Time Cards set was made for to accompany an exhibition in New York City. Each print is an image of a worker with his/her accompanying time card for the week.

Carl Corey: "America’s blue-collar workers are the foundation of the American Dream, and with our rapidly changing industrial landscape, I believe it is important to capture this moment in American industry. BLUE – A Portrait of the American Worker is my way to do so. In May, 2012, I began photographing a comprehensive survey of the American worker that will take three years to produce; my images are primarily environmental portraits of these workers in their workplace as well as images that give color and context to the places in which they perform their trade.

"The intention is for BLUE to enlighten people about the American worker and bring focus to the benefits our workers provide by using an honest photographic aesthetic. Photography [was] completed at such diverse companies as Homer Laughlin China, Woolrich Mills, ArcelorMittal Steel, Red Wing Shoes, and Fraser Shipyards; the goal [was] to include workers from all facets of industry across the nation."

Graeme Reid, MoWA: "Carl Corey's photographic project BLUE - A Portrait of the American Worker is the latest installment on a series that has previously focused on Wisconsin's Tavern Culture and businesses in Wisconsin that have been family owned and operated for over 50 years. In these previous instances the unifying themes were pride, hard work, tradition and providing distinct service and product. BLUE takes these themes and applies them within a National context.

"Over the last several decades, the advent of a more global economy has radically, and perhaps irreversibly changed industry and commerce within the United States; businesses have closed, downsized and had to adapt to the new paradigm. What Corey's photographs capture is the blue collar world as it currently exists in the United States. As such, it flies in the face of, or at least refutes, the notion that American industry is on the decline; his images show that the words 'Made in the U.S.A.' are still pertinent, applicable and valued."


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Red Owl Album
By Carl Corey
River Falls, Wisconsin: Carl Corey, 2016.

14 x 11"; 23 sheets (1 glassine leaf, 2 text leaves, 20 original prints). Each print signed and dated. Bound in hand tooled leather cover with leather ties. Materials: Japanese bookcloth for lining, grass paper, prairie grass seeds; Chrysanthemum flower. Acid free. Signed and numbered by the artist on the glassine leaf.

Carl Corey: "Red Owl, South Dakota, is not on many maps. The Red Owl Post Office is now closed and the general store which housed the post office followed suit. It's rural by rural standards and centrally located in the area that is home to the last refuge of what we classically define as the American West. I have spent the last twenty years visiting the area making pictures, mostly portraits, in my attempt to share the history and culture of the area and its inhabitants. My first book, Rancher, was a collection of the early pictures I made there. This little album represents a re-visit twenty years after my first. The black and white prints are current prints from pictures made twenty years ago of subjects who unfortunately are no longer with us. The color prints are from 2016, many portray the descendants of those old friends no longer with us."

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Along the Yellowstone Trail
By Carl Corey
Hudson, Wisconsin: Carl Corey, [2014]. Edition of 100.

9.5 x 8.5"; 120 pages. Includes 110 color plates, hand inserted tip-ins, Music CD, laminated map, and a signed 5×7 original print in vintage carrier. Journal bound in Poly coated hand stenciled rubberized asphalt cover. Stamped and signed.

A collection of observations made on a 480 mile walk through Wisconsin along the historic Yellowstone Trail.

Carl Corey: "Over a two-year period and in multiple installments, I walked the 480-mile Yellowstone Trail through Wisconsin. Established in 1913 as a cross-country tourist route for automobiles – the first of its kind in the United States – the Yellowstone Trail at one time connected Plymouth Rock in the east to Puget Sound in the west, running through hundreds of communities along the way. Its construction was a largely private enterprise, with mainly local citizens working together to link existing oxcart trails, farm roads, and walking routes. With the advent of the interstate highway system in the 1930s, the Yellowstone Trail fell into decline. Today the trail is fragmented, with the Wisconsin section being one of the more complete and cared for segments of this once great route across America. While the trail is rich in history, my decision to walk it was based upon the contemporary cultural observations I hoped to make as I moved from one established Wisconsin town to another. I wanted to observe what these towns are like today – not only to get a sense of our current state of the State, but perhaps also the state of the Union. Some of these observations are shared in these images (accompanied by quotes from me and from others), which are selected from 110 photographs from my walking journal.

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Tavern League
Portraits of Wisconsin Bars
By Carl Corey
Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2011. Edition of 75.

9.75 x 10"; 134 pages. Bound in black bookcloth with titles on spine. Includes two original signed 11 x 11" prints (signed and numbered). In custom cloth-covered box (1.75 x 12") with title embossed on front cover. Signed and numbered by Corey.

Carl Corey, About Tavern League (2011): "The Tavern League project portrays a unique and important segment of the Wisconsin community. Throughout history the local tavern or pub has served as a communal gathering place, offering conversation and interaction among neighbors and friends. Bars are also unique micro-communities, offering a sense of belonging to their patrons. Many of these bars are the only public gathering place in the rural communities they serve. These simple taverns offer the individual the valuable opportunity for face-to-face conversation and camaraderie, particularly as people become more physically isolated through the accelerated use of the internet's social networking, mobile texting, Facebook, LinkedIn, gaming, and the rapid fire of email.

"It is impossible that the Wisconsin tavern can endure this cultural and electronic bombardment without going through transition. Evidence of this is already becoming visible, as there is an increasing number of small tavern closures and the impersonal mega sports bar becomes more prevalent. This series attempts to document Wisconsin taverns as they are today."

Includes foreword by Vincent Virga (Photo Editor) and introduction by Jim Draeger (Architectural Historian).

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