The Painted Backdrop Behind the Sitter in American Tintype Photography of the 19th Century by Jim Linderman Available from Blurb.com Dull Tool Dim Bulb Books
The previously untold story of 19th century painters and their influence on American photography during the tintype era. Never before examined in detail, the book contains over 75 rare, unpublished original tintype photographs from the Jim Linderman collection. A Grammy nominated writer and collector who has been called “the perfect subject for a Harvey Pekar comic” this book is informed with Linderman’s wit and continues his examination of previously overlooked art and photography subjects. 80 Pages, 8’ x 10” with essays by Jim Linderman and Kate Bloomquist.
Camera Club Girls Bettie Page and her Friends The Work of Rudolph Rossi
by Jim Linderman Available from Blurb.com Dull Tool Dim Bulb
For over 50 years, the extraordinary Hand-Painted Original Photographs of Bettie Page and nude models of the 1950s taken by Rudolph Rossi lay hidden. Now, for the first time, over 100 have been published in Camera Club Girls by Jim Linderman. 114 pages, 35 pages of text and 180 pictures, the book tells the story of the informal groups of early camera enthusiasts in New York City who paid ten dollars each to photograph naked women, including Bettie Page, in dingy studios and outdoor excursions. As much the history of early erotic photography and Times Square smut as it is the story of the exceptional personal vision of an artist, master photographer and painter which has not been told until now. The photographic find of the decade, and an amazing story which combines passion, painting, photography and early porno in a tale never
Gals Gams Garters the Virginia Stockings Scrapbook
by Anonymous with Victor Minx available from Blurb.com
Found in a dumpster over 50 years ago and now published as an art book! A scrapbook assembled by an anonymous aficionado of the female form in nylons found by a student in Virginia and saved all these years. A master of collage with scissors and tape, the artist meticulously created a giant homage to Gals Gams and Garters. Faithfully recreated here by owner Victor Minx, the pseudonym of a prominent photography collector and with an introduction by Jim Linderman, writer and proprietor of Dull Tool Dim Bulb among many other things. An extraordinary art book and document of a fevered brow from the fifties.
Shy Shamed Secret Shadowed Hidden SSSSH! Vintage Vernacular Erotic Photography
by Victor Minx and Jim Linderman Available from Blurb.com
80 Pages with over 100 erotic nude original vintage photographs depicting women undressed but hiding themselves in a manner described by the book title. A brief note from the Curator. “Shy Shamed Secret Shadowed Hidden” consists of approximately 100 original photographs from the collection of Victor Minx, the pseudonym of a prominent collector of vintage photographs. All the photographs pre-date the digital era. That is, all are unique, original, vintage photos printed on paper at or near the time of their being taken. Some were printed in editions and sold “under the counter” or in the back pages of men’s magazines, others were taken as a memento by an amateur photographer for his own use. All fit the criteria indicated by the title of the exhibition. They were collected over time from various sources and selected for their pathos, artistic quality (or lack of it) historical interest and most of all, their authenticity. Each one has something to say about the relationship between women and men, sexuality, commerce, and how we define lust, desire, legitimacy, intimacy and allure. Each photo depicts an individual (or several on occasion) engaging in behavior which was likely not intended to be shared in proper company, yet each was taken, preserved and exists nonetheless, regardless of convention and acceptable standards at the time. Unlike the photographs of women seen in magazines, on the web and nearly every way the eye turns, there has been no air-brushing, manipulation or enhancement or. No one shown here is selling anything, except possibly themselves. What the camera and the photographer COULD do was done. A historic, unique and thought-provoking exhibition of rare photographs
In Situ: American Folk Art in Place Photographs of Arcane Americana from the Jim Linderman Collection.
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Well over 100 photographs collected by noted collector and scholar Jim Linderman show the most unusual, curious and beautiful American Folk Art in location and being made long ago. The author is a Grammy-nominated artist and photos from his collection were used to produce the well-known Take Me to the Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music and Photography 1890-1950 release. This is the third book of photographs in the Dull Tool Dim Bulb series. More information on the author is available at his hub site http://www.dulltooldimbulb.com and on his many other art, culture and photography sites. A 112 page book.
American Portraits Midwest Mundane by Jim Linderman
Not celebration, but documentation of a people, place and time which existed briefly in captured snaps of Central Michigan during and immediately after the Second World War. In Middle America on the cusp of the 1950s, a family fights isolation with few choices, missing sons distant neighbors and a seemingly bleak, unfortunate reality. Black and white portraits by an anonymous photographer, these are the images he left behind.