Circus: A Traveling Life by Norma I. Quintana
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Norma I. Quintana’s first art book represents a decade-long collaboration with the families of circus artists and performers of an American, traveling one-ring circus. In rich detail, she has captured candid moments behind the curtain as these performers proudly perfect their craft. Available in limited edition, signed copy directly from the artist.
Designed by Yolanda Cuomo of New York and published by Damiani Editore of Italy, Circus: A Traveling Life features a hundred full-page, luminous black and white portraits, reproduced in duotones by master printer, Robert Hennessey. Also featured is an introduction by Mona Simpson and a personal essay from the photographer on her experience with the circus.
Norma I. Quintana
Norma I. Quintana was born in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to Napa, CA in 1988. She earned a Masters in Social Sciences from Case Western University and worked in human resources during her corporate career. She found photography in 1999 and studied under such mentors as Mary Ellen Mark, Graciela Iturbide and Shelby Lee Adams. She works in the tradition of social documentary - primarily in film, but more recently with her iPhone. Her portrait series Forget Me Not has been exhibited in Napa and Washington DC; while her project CIRCUS has traveled across the country and was published as a monograph by Damiani Editore in 2014 and distributed by Distributed Art Publishers.
The Circus: A Traveling Life series chronicles a ten-year collaboration between Norma and an American, traveling one-ring circus. This haunting and intimate portrait series, shot in black and white film using available light, captures contemplative and playful moments with the families of artists and performers. Quintana took her time learning the lineage of these circus families. She presents them not as freaks or compulsives, but as workers in a private, insular, now almost-extinct world.”