Folk Photography

Praise & Reviews

Sante’s introduction to this book is, like just about everything he writes, sublime. Folk Photography is among those rare photo books that stares at you as hard as you’ll want to stare at it.
—Dwight Garner, The New York Times

The images are surprising, brusque, mesmeric, chilled with a sense of mortality that was common to even professional photography of the period. Sante arranges them with a planned kind of randomness…letting the parade of sepia imagery flow from one to the next with an intuitive gleam.
—Chris Barsanti, PopMatters

Sante, in a characteristically oracular introductory essay, emphasizes our distance in time from these photographic acts…[but] more important than these glimpses of a lost time is the way that the postcards–plainspoken, omnivorous, and experimental by necessity–refresh our exhausted ways of seeing.
—Jonathan Taylor, Bookforum