Author(s): Brouws Jeff
Through the incomparable photographs of Jeff Brouws, numerous historical photographs, and knowing text by historian Bruce Caron, Inside the Live Reptile Tent takes the reader on a journey inside the heart of the American carnival experience. This is a vivid photography book of American carnival midways and amusement parks, with text encompassing the history of the American carnival. Jeff Brouws's colour photographs are stunningly beautiful and slightly unnerving, evoking feelings of familiarity and disorientation seen through vibrating neon and sensational sideshow banners. A cross between one of our solid Americana titles and a fine art photography book, Inside the Live Reptile Tent explores public places of amusement as a fading but richly detailed national institution.
Jeff Brouws who has been photographing American culture over the last 15 years. His previous books include Highway: America's Endless Dream and Twenty-six Abandoned Gasoline Stations. He lives in upstate New York.
Bruce Caron a cultural anthropologist and documentary videographer. He lives in Santa Barbara.