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The West Behind Us
Self-published, 2014. First edition, second printing of 100. 148 pp., 44 duotone illustrations, 6"x8½".
This collaboration between myself and author Lisa Wells documents four small, rural towns in Oregon – Fields, Mitchell, Long Creek and Halfway – investigating the challenges faced by rural communities in an age of increased urbanization and economic depression. Working in the tradition of WPA era artists James Agee and Walker Evans' Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, the book includes 44 black and white photographs by me, along with extensive interviews with residents and first-person narrative by Lisa Wells. As Dave Blanchard of Oregon Public Broadcasting writes about the project: "The two Portland-based artists understood the challenges of accuracy and exploitation inherent in documenting the lives of others. They traveled to the locations separately, not wanting to come across as offering a definitive account of the towns. They instead focused on their personal connections with the towns and the people who live there." The results are two independent, complementary visions of life in rural America on the cusp of the urban millennium. (Click here to view images from the project (originally titled "The 45th Parallel"), and click here to see pages from the book.)
A special edition of 10 come with an 8"x10" silver gelatin photo printed by me in my darkroom.
softbound - $25 (sold out)
special edition w/ 8"x10" print - $125 (only 2 left!)
North Portland Polaroids
Limited edition of 100. Introduction by Julia Dolan, Minor White Curator of Photography, Portland Art Museum. Self-published, 2015. 80 pp., 70 duotone illustrations, 6"x8½".
I spent two years shooting hundreds of Polaroid Type 55 portraits of strangers on the streets of St. Johns, a distinct, historically working-class neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. I have compiled 70 images in this book. I printed 100 copies, 10 come with an 8"x10" silver gelatin photo printed by me in my darkroom. Julia Dolan writes in the book's foreword: 'Abrahamson meets these people exactly where they are, precisely where they want to or should be. Himself a resident of St. Johns, Abrahamson is not only their photographer, but their neighbor, and his subjects respect this-notice how close he manages to get to so many of them. Their command of space and direct gazes attest to an undistracted presence, a strong link to their environment, and a wary trust in the artist.' '...this place isn't just anywhere. It is St. Johns, and these are it's people, quietly yet eloquently described by Bobby Abrahamson and his photographs.' (click here to view images, click here to see pages from the book.)
softbound - $25
special edition w/ 8"x10" print - $200 (only 1 left!)
Pacific Northwest Postcards
44 handmade 4"x6" postcards, in 4"x6" archival box with photo on cover, limited printing of 20 sets, 2010.
The postcards present the best images from 5 years of photographic wanderings in Portland and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Each postcard is printed using archival pigment ink, glued & trimmed by hand, and signed and editioned on the back in pencil. To view photos of the postcards click here. To view a gallery of all the images in the series click here.
limited edition box set - $200
to see more images and to purchase click here.
North Cascades Walkabout
Handmade limited edition of 20, 2009. Sewn, tape and glue binding, 54 pp; 26 color archival inkjet photos, 7.5"x7".
The was the first in a series of limited edition, handmade artist's books. I shot roughly 200 color Polaroids on a one-week trip in the North Cascades during the summer of 2008, and selected 26 to enlarge for this photo travelogue. You can view a wider selection of images here, and see pages from the book here.
handmade book - $200
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Self-published (Blurb book), 2008. 120pp, 7"x7".
Features more than 75 black & white photographs from 6 extended journeys toLatin America, SE Asia, the Republic of Georgia, the USA, and New York City. The book has hand-written chapter titles and a fictional letter/afterword by "Jack Rabbit." The images and text weave a lyrical narrative of 14 years of photographic wanderings. It was the catalogue for a multi-media exhibit Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon in 2008.
softbound - $35
harcover - $53
Available from Blurb - click here to view book pages & order
One Summer Across America
Introduction by me, afterwords by Robert Frank and Thomas W. Southall. 1st edition, self-published, printed by Artprint in Serbia and Montenegro, 2005. 136 pp., 50 color photographs, 5½"x7¼".
The photos document a 3-month's journey across the USA by Greyhound bus (see images here). Robert Frank writes to me (in a letter which appears in the book): 'Nice work human color good size exotic & ordinary in America the photographs show that you had a good trip You must be a good person to be able to feel the liberty to do what you see with heart & camera it shows in all your photos I like your text - the honesty in your acceptance of a spirit in america so profound - so simple'.
Felicia Feaster of Creative Loafing describes the book: ' ...a visual record of a changeable mood of loneliness and wonder captured during the photographer's three-month odyssey across the country via Greyhound in summer 2001.' ' ...full of unspoken affection for the human condition as expressed in the mixture of innocence and zealotry so typical of Americans.'
Jerry Cullum of the Atlanta Journal Constitution writes: 'Abrahamson captures the 21st century version of the America that Frank and Kerouac saw: happiness and despair, old men chatting in the barbershop, a young man slumped in exhaustion at the Greyhound station, a guy with piercings and a pet snake, a child face-painted with the Stars and Stripes. From gospel crusade to video games, beauty parlor to boxing ring, Abrahamson took a warm-hearted look at it all -- and took some memorable pictures along the way.'