The Quiet Hours

The Quiet Hours: City Photographs

MIKE MELMAN
With an Essay by BILL HOLM
Copyright Date: 2003
Edition: NED - New edition
Pages: 96
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5749/j.ctttszz2
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    The Quiet Hours
    Book Description:

    With an essay by Bill Holm In The Quiet Hours, Mike Melman records a vanishing era of Minnesota’s towns and cities through a series of seventy black-and-white photographs taken from 1985 to 2002. Working in the half-light of predawn hours, Melman brings a new perspective to familiar places. In his essay, Bill Holm compares Melman’s work to that of Walt Whitman and Carl Sandburg, artists who embrace and celebrate the urban experience.

    eISBN: 978-0-8166-9583-6
    Subjects: Art & Art History

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. PREFACE
    (pp. ix-x)
    MIKE MELMAN
  4. CITIES OF SHADOW AND LIGHT
    (pp. 1-10)
    BILL HOLM

    With the exception of a few antique interiors, these are city images: stone and iron bridges, railroad yards, grain elevators, warehouses, factories, abandoned relics ready for the wrecking ball. They are taken mostly in half-light and bad weather, those early hours when the feeble winter sun of Minnesota can hardly squeeze its way up into the heavy overcast sky. The strongest light floods into the oversized windows of deserted buildings, ghosts of light come into empty bare rooms. The businesses in these pictures (taken mostly in the 1990s) are ghosts, too, from the 1920s and 1930s—a shoe repair shop,...

  5. THE QUIET HOURS: CITY PHOTOGRAPHS
    (pp. 11-82)
  6. Back Matter
    (pp. 83-83)