Posts tagged: Mike Brodie

The Best Photobooks of 2013 According to Everyone

2013 brought forth a number of diverse and engaging photobooks, and by year’s end everyone was compiling their Best-Of lists—short form or long, simple or detailed—as favorite titles made their rounds on the Internet. Amongst the plentiful lists and naturally the personal tastes therein, an objective and comprehensive list seemed out of reach. So QT Luong of Terra Galleria tried a different approach, putting together a meta-list of the best photobooks of 2013 with a methodology he mastered last year with his 2012 list. Referencing Photolia‘s inventory of links to over 80 Best-Of-2013 lists, Luong tallied votes for each individual title every time it appeared in a list, thus creating his meta-list and compiling this year’s collective best.

We thought we’d give you a closer look at Luong’s findings in a top 10—note there were plenty of ties. To see even more titles, visit Luong’s meta-list.

Mike Brodie’s New Photo Book Documents Raw Moments Between His Freighthopping Friends


But I needed to find out for myself. Two weeks later I was gone, witnessing my new world wizz by, especially at dusk, then darkness as I watched the sum of all the city lights cast my silhouette across the pine trees of the Florida panhandle. This was it, I was riding my very first freight train. And soon, what would begin as mere natural curiosity and self-discovery would evolve into a casting call of sorts, taking photographs of my newfound friends.—Mike Brodie

I first came across Mike Brodie’s photographs many years ago hanging somewhat precariously on the wall of Sluggo’s, a vegan/punk rock bar in my hometown of Pensacola, Florida. The images stuck in my mind and many times over the next couple of years I would search for them, to no avail.

The next time I heard anything about Mike Brodie, aka The Polaroid Kidd, was when I learned his photographs of his freight train-hopping peers were hanging in the Louvre as part of the Paris International Photo Fair in 2006.

Top 15 Photo Books of 2012

New York NightsNew York Nights / James and Karla Murray. The best selling authors of the popular photo book Store Fronts offer a stunning look at New York’s vivid nightlife as they visit a unique selection of bars, restaurants, music venues, and shops, all complete with historical significance and after-dark aesthetics. Published by Ginko Press. Available through Amazon, $38.50.

Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective. This is the first comprehensive monograph on Rineke Dijkstra published in the U.S. Included is her early work of new mothers and bullfighters, a selection from Beach Portraits, and works from her long-going series Almerisa, which documents a young immigrant girl as she grows up and adapts to her new environment. Published by Guggenheim Museum. Available through Amazon, $34.65.

The Polaroid Kidd Documents Trainhoppers

Mike Brodie is a self-trained photographer from Pensacola, Florida, better known by the alter-ego, The Polaroid Kidd. At the age of eighteen, Brodie traveled the railroads of America, spending three years photographing the people he encountered along the way with his trusty Polaroid SX-70.

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