This week’s Book of the Week combines the beauty of the handmade with the goodness of print-on-demand. The Few & Bar Between Travelogue comes to us via the well-known photography collective/visual solutions company known as Luceo. It’s one part of a massive project that seeks to document rural America:
We began with a few simple rules: we would visit towns that epitomize what it means to live outside of the metropolitan mainstream, we would work together to bring our content producers to each town, and we would gather content as a team in order to capture the snippets of daily life that make up the collective essence of what it means to live in the quieter spaces of the United States.
The unique travel photo book (which can be viewed in its original form at the New York Public Library) assembles instant photography, found text, pressed flowers, lollipops, beer tokens, targets, and other bits of ephemera, collaged onto old text book pages. The book retains a collective feel through a variety of images and approaches, yet the whole thing feels cohesive and wholly considered. We love flipping through the pages to see how the project’s themes are expanded by each contributor.
As extraordinary as this book is, the project’s main output is a documentary film that can be viewed online. Like Robert Leslie’s Stormbelt, it combines still and video imagery of heartbreak and beauty to illustrate a changing image of America outside the cities.