“A band of nomads. Roaming in open fairgrounds, spinning with color and sound... Fading flags are flying through children’s lollipop eyes. An entrance to a magic city awaiting, that will move soon again.”
Tickets is an exhilarating and striking portrait of the carnival lifestyle, from one of the foremost documentary photographs in America today. For this powerful photo essay, Hunter Barnes entered the surreal and wonderful world of the travelling carnival in America. His time on the road with the World of Wonder Sideshow reveals a vibrant community most had thought lost half a century ago. Fire eaters, sword swallowers and tattooed ladies are all here, as is the normal life of a community behind the scenes.
Hardback; 80pp; 50 b&w photographs; 235 x 170 mm
Photographs by Hunter Barnes