Dear Knights and Dark Horses (Hardcover)

Dear Knights and Dark Horses By Thomas Roma (By (photographer)), Alec Wilkinson (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Thomas Roma (By (photographer)), Alec Wilkinson (Introduction by)
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Mechanical horses and departing soldiers are the two bodies of work that make up Dear Knights and Dark Horses, the latest powerHouse release by renowned fine art and documentary photographer Thomas Roma. There is a haunting elegance present in each series taken separately-in the peeling paint of the inactive rides, in the forlorn faces of men on the verge of the unknown-but taken together, the sense of unease present in the images resonates twice as clearly.

The portraits of soldiers were made in the early morning hours of January 2004, in the Jamaica, New York Armory as they were being deployed to the Iraq Theater of Operations. They are Army National Guardsmen of the 1st Battalion, 258th Field Artillery Regiment of the 42nd Infantry "Rainbow" Division. These are guardsmen, not army recruits. They have been called into service from lives spent not training for combat, but spent working everyday jobs and raising families. Roma portrays these men in a straightforward manner capturing their bravado as well as their apprehension in their final hours before beginning an unexpected voyage from which they might not return.

Coin-operated pony rides began appearing in front of "five and dimes" and candy stores across the U.S. in the late 1940s and quickly became part of the retail landscape. Sitting unattended collecting coins, they offered children a chance to imagine they were riding Gene Autry's Champion, the Lone Ranger's Silver, or Roy Roger's Trigger. The machines pictured here are long past their prime; riderless, their novelty long since faded. Roma manages to humanize these machines by finding their potential to represent loss, abandonment, and the obsolete-themes that have been intertwined with America's returning soldiers since Vietnam.

About the Author

Thomas Roma: Twice the recipient of Guggenheim Fellowships and a New York State Council for the Arts Fellowship, Mr. Roma's work has appeared in one-person and group exhibitions internationally, including one-person shows with accompanying books at the Museum of Modern Art NY and the International Center of Photography. He has published 14 monographs to date and has taught photography since 1983, becoming the Director of Photography at Columbia University School of the Arts in 1996 where he is a Professor of Art. His work is in numerous collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Art Institute of Chicago; The Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and The Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781576875537
ISBN-10: 1576875539
Publisher: powerHouse Books
Publication Date: October 19th, 2010
Pages: 100
Language: English