Beautiful Pig

Photographer: Ben Schonberger
Publisher: Self-published
First Edition Size: 100 Copies

2013 FIRST PHOTOBOOK SHORTLIST:
While working in Detroit, photographer Ben Schoenberger acquired an archive of thousands of pictures taken by retired police officer Marty Gaynor. The two began collaborating: Schoenberger interviewed Gaynor, created groups of Gaynor’s images, invited Gaynor to comment upon the pairings, and then inserted his own images and commentary. As Barbara Tannenbaum notes, “Some of these images are official; many are personal. Taken collectively, Beautiful Pig is not just a story about police work in Detroit during the late twentieth century, but about the whole world of policing. We gain a sense of Gaynor’s personality and life, and his feelings about his career. All of this is deftly told primarily through remarkable images.”

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Beautiful Pig - first edition

Beautiful Pig - first edition

Beautiful Pig - first edition

Beautiful Pig - first edition