Conventional Wisdom by Arthur DrookerConventional Wisdom by Arthur Drooker

Conventional Wisdom

byArthur DrookerForeword byJames Wolcott

Hardcover | August 22, 2016

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An unconventional chronicle, Conventional Wisdom is author-photographer Arthur Drooker's quirky look at conventions held by some unusual interest groups, including Lincoln presenters, furries, and mermaids. Dropper documents these events as unique expressions of community, culture, and connection. The humorous and insightful text, including intimate interviews conducted with attendees, complements the stunning photographs Drooker shot during his visits to each convention over a three-year period. From the ballrooms to the vendor rooms to the guest rooms, Drooker's ubiquitous camera captures the essence and exuberance of these annual gatherings. Conventional Wisdom shows that regardless of what they're about, where they're held or who attends them, all conventions satisfy a basic human urge: a longing to belong. The book reveals that at conventions people who share similar interests, even obsessions, come together to bond and to be themselves. The outside world doesn't matter. In fact, for the weekend duration of most conventions, the outside world doesn't even exist. An attendee Drooker met at the taxidermist convention expressed it best. "This isn't a convention," he said. "It's a family reunion."
Arthur Drooker is the author and photographer of American Ruins, Lost Worlds: Ruins of the Americas, and Pie Town Revisited. His work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and has toured museums, including the Virginia Center of Architecture, and the Art Museum of the Americas in Washington, D.C. Drooker has also written, produced, a...
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Title:Conventional WisdomFormat:HardcoverDimensions:192 pages, 11.41 × 10.66 × 0.84 inPublished:August 22, 2016Publisher:GlitteratiLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1943876274

ISBN - 13:9781943876273

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Revelling in taxidermy, getting together with your fellow mermaids and mermen, or championing the joy of My Little Pony, Drooker's images - captured over a three year period - document those free to indulge their curiosities without fear of being judged; fanatics living their lives exactly how they choose.