Early in his career, photographer John Lee interned for various newspapers across the United States, using his free time to document different circuses that traveled throughout the country. The troupes frequented small towns, delighting locals with their performances and exotic animals. Lee was able to spend time with the Bentley Bros, the Wenatchee Youth Circus, and the Chinese Imperial Circus in different locations in the U.S. The black and white photographs appear as if from a bygone age, each image a glimpse into the everyday life of the entertainers. Although his full time staff position at the Chicago Tribune eventually took precedent over capturing circuses, the unassuming and quirky photographs continue to be a source fascination and enthrall.
For George’s Bath, photographer Corinna Kern focuses her lens on the unassuming bathtub of George Fowler, a 72-year-old man struggling with compulsive hoarding. After befriending him at an eviction resistance event and discovering that he had lived as a squatter in the 1970s, Kern stayed with Fowler for two months, and each day she witnessed the shocking versatility of his bathtub. Sequestered from the chaos that permeates the rest of the large home, the small tub had been transformed into an unlikely site of household order, where everything from dishes to clothes are carefully cleansed and tidied.