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EDITIONS FP&CF has released a book of Don Hudson’s photographs called ‘From the Archives.’ I’ve admired Don’s work for several years now and edited a feature of it in 2010 on LPV Magazine. Don asked me to write a piece for the book. I was honored to do so.

The Patient Photographer

One of the frequent complaints about contemporary photography, especially on the internet, is that we’re flooded with a constant stream of images, most of which don’t deserve our attention. While that complaint certainly has merit, I think the benefits of this stream of photographs outweighs the challenges it presents. If it weren’t for this stream of photographs, many of us would never have seen Don Hudson’s archives. Or Vivian Maier’s archives, or the archives of all those other photographers out there who have spent years documenting their cities, towns, communities and families.

I discovered Don’s work on Flickr. I can’t remember when exactly, or how really, but somehow his work made it into my daily stream of images. It’s interesting how we choose to construct our streams on the internet? For years, I spent most of my time looking at images on the web. The bad far outweighed the good, but when you find your way to the archives of someone like Don Hudson, then the web becomes magical and you realize there’s a whole new universe of photography to explore.

It’s been amazing to watch Don thrive on Flickr. It’s as if all his hard work was leading up to this point. For many serious minded fine art and documentary photographers, building a following on Flickr sounds more insulting than something to be proud of. But for Don, and many others who now have the opportunity to share their work with an audience, the internet has been their big break so to speak, not that they’re necessarily seeking recognition for their work, but finally finding an audience that appreciates it after all these years, must be a great feeling.

Where does work like Don’s fit in the great history of photography? I’m not sure and I’m not sure you’d find any consensus amongst experts. It’s mostly a state of perpetual confusion these days. Don has spent years documenting his community of South Lyon, Michigan which is a suburb of Detroit. The majority of the photographs were made from the early 1970s to the mid 1980s. From Don’s perspective life in Middle America is rather leisurely. You spend your free time going to parades, the Friday night football game, fairs, carnivals, rodeos and the family vacation.

Through Don’s wry wit and freewheeling compositions these events and moments come alive in a way that illuminates life’s absurd little moments. In Don’s photographs the order and calmness of life in Middle America starts to unravel, providing a small glimpse of the chaos beneath. In these photographs we live on the edge that exists between the order we create for ourselves and the chaos that always threatens to undermine our tranquil lives.

Don’s photographs are out in the world now. Where they fit into the history of photography is anybody’s guess. Some people will find them interesting, others may find them derivative and boring. For me, this type of documentary work, from the archives of studios and thoughtful photographers like Don Hudson, are invaluable to our culture. In Don’s work we have a vibrant document of a time and place from an individual that knows it intimately.

Bryan Formhals – May, 2012

You can buy ‘From the Archives HERE

This article has originally been published by LPV Magazine
Thank you Bryan!

Tell mum everything is ok

issue 4 Waste ground

printed on “Cyclus offset” 140g, a wood-free paper
Cover : Hot stamping on grey cardboard 300g
Format : 143 x 195 mm
Extend : 80 pages
Type used : ITC Officina Sans et Serif
ISSN 2110-6703


Tell Mum everything is ok #3, A postmodern world

Fanzine printed on “Cyclus offset” 140g, a wood-free paper
Cover : Pantone Offset on 300g
Format : 143 x 195 mm
Extend : 80 pages
Type used : ITC Officina Sans et Serif

Lin Zhipeng

Amy Stein / Franck Juery

Marlon Kowalsky / Charlotte Tanguy

Contributors: Lin Zhipeng, Doug Dubois, Bryan Formhals, Missy Prince, Keith Davis Young, Kirill Kuletski, Alain Roux, Amy Stein, Franck Juery, Shane Lavalette, Jacob Wolf Miller, Romain Bernardie James, Vincent Bordet, Yann Gross, Peter Baker, Peter Granser, Nick White, Leo Postma, Vincent Aubert, Tim Davis, Matthew Genitempo, Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek, Jeremy R. Jansen, Pedro Ramos, Quentin Roux, Julien Pebrel, Yann Orhan, Marlon Kowalski, Charlotte Tanguy, Bridget Collins, Diana Kraus, Agnes Thor, Sabrina Bte Abdullah, Ana Kraš, Bob Myaing, Jennilee Marigomen, Michael McCraw, Kyle Scully, Landon Metz, Allie Mount, Alistair Dickinson, Brent Boggs, Daniel Augschoell, Tagger Yancey IV, Gregory Halpern, Juan Chao,  Yosigo and Ramon Haindl

Tell mum everything is ok is a participative photo review edited by Frederic Pierre and Camille Françoise – Editions FP&CF

Curated by Maxime Milanesi and designed by Claire Schvartz

éditions FP&CF


– Limited edition of 300 ex.
– Hand numbered

Fanzine printed on “Cyclus offset” 140g, a wood-free paper
Type used : ITC Officina Sans et Serif
Format : 143 x 195 mm
Cover : “Natural Evolution” 280g
Extend : 80 pages

The Éditions Frédéric Pierre & Camille Françoise / Éditions FP&CF are an associativ and independant publishing house based in Paris, France.

They publish the fanzine TELL MUM EVERYTHING IS OK and some portfolios of young photographers.

The Editions FP&CF is also a collective identity composed by Claire Schvartz, Maxime Milanesi and all the people who help and participate to the creation of our editorial productions.

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