The Circus Book: 1870-1950 is a magnificent volume from Taschen (♥) exploring the circus as a living organism and a way of life, from its history and sociology to its glamour and discipline, through 650 stunning images, culled from a collection of 30,000 spanning 40 different sources, including many of the earliest photographs ever taken of the circus, as well as rare images by Stanley Kubrick and Charles and Ray Eames. More than 80 percent of the images have never been published, and most have never even been seen before.
The images in this book capture the entrepreneurial audacity for which the circus became famous, and also the remarkable personality and energy of its performers. --Noah Daniel
Alongside the images are fascinating micro-essays that frame the photos, illustrations, and other visual ephemera in a sociocultural context, exploring everything from the ancient origins of public spectacles to how the circus paved the way for film and television.
A time-capsule of a bygone era and priceless artifact of cultural anthropology, The Circus Book: 1870-1950 is both a visual treasure for design- and photography-lovers alike, and an essential primer on understanding the evolution of contemporary pop culture.
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