By turns wry and poignant, humorous and disturbing, Michael Carlebach’s stunning new collection of photographs offers a unique and timely vision of America. Some of Us presents people and places across the country caught like reflections in a quickly passed mirror that remind us who we really are and suggest where we might be going.
The late journalist Larry Mahoney wrote that Carlebach “has what an old colonel of mine liked to refer to as deep-serious gallows humor, something that soldiers have shared over the centuries.”
About Carlebach: “Few other people have been able to capture the beauty and quirkiness of the American culture, and on a grander scale, the folly and strangeness of the current stage of human evolution.” Travis Jennings, “Capturing Capacity.”
Carlebach’s first cousins, the poet Ann Lauterbach and writer Nathaniel Tripp, provide words that perfectly limn the images and help to explain the photographer himself, making the book a kind of family affair.
About the Author
University of Miami Professor Emeritus Michael L. Carlebach's photojournalism career began in New York and Washington D.C. Upon coming to Florida, he worked briefly as a staff photographer for the Miami Herald. In 1973, he began teaching at the University of Miami, which launched a thirty-year career in higher education. Dr. Carlebach taught photojournalism in the School of Communication, re-established the program in American Studies, and chaired the Department of Art & Art History.
Throughout his life he remained a sought-after photojournalist with a discerning eye for the subtleties of the human condition and the comic aspects of everyday life. His photographs have been published in Time, People, the Miami Herald, the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, and The New York Times. His books include thorough scholarly histories of photography, such as The Origins of Photojournalism in America, and American Photojournalism Comes of Age, both published by Smithsonian Institution Press. He remains active as a photographer, scholar, and writer. His latest book, Sunny Land, showcases his startling, humorous black and white images of the lesser documented “margins” of South Florida society. He is especially interested in illuminating the lives of people outside the glare of contemporary media, and in finding and memorializing extraordinary moments that would otherwise be lost.
Ann Lauterbach is an American poet, essayist, and professor. Her most recent poetry collection is Under the Sign (Penguin Books, 2013). Her honors include fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the New York State Foundation for the Arts. Her poems have been published in literary journals and magazines including Conjunctions, and in anthologies including American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry (W.W. Norton, 2009) and American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Lyric Meets Language (Wesleyan University Press, 2002).
Ann Lauterbach was born and raised in New York City, and earned her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin. She lived in London for eight years, working in publishing and for art institutions. On her return to the U.S., she worked in art galleries in New York before she began teaching. She has taught at Brooklyn College, Columbia University, the Iowa Writers Workshop, Princeton University, and at the City College of New York and Graduate Center of CUNY. Since 1991 she has taught at Bard College, and is currently a David and Ruth Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature there, where she teaches and co-directs the Writing Division of the M.F.A. program, and lives in Germantown, New York.