Daily Dose Pick: Chris Verene, Family

Documenting the lives of friends and family in a rural Midwest town, Chris Verene’s photo book Family reveals the struggles faced by declining American communities.

A Brooklyn-based artist and musician, Verene has intimately photographed the folks in his Galesburg, Illinois hometown for the past 26 years. Inspired by Diane Arbus, he makes heartfelt pictures of people and places in good times and bad — conveying the details in a few written words on the final print.

Visit Chris Verene’s website, read an interview with the artist, listen to his music with Cordero, check out his solo art show at Postmasters, and buy a copy of the book.

Click through below for a gallery of images.

Chris Verene, The Galesburg Series (1984-present), from the book Family, published by Twin Palms Publishers (www.twinpalms.com)