In her early twenties, the American Photographer Mimi Plumb looked back to her Californian childhood to make a series of photographs about suburban youth.
Born in Berkeley, and raised in the suburbs of San Francisco, Mimi Plumb has served on the faculties of the San Francisco Art Institute, San Jose State University, Stanford University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently lives in Berkeley, California.
Since the 1970s, Plumb has explored subjects ranging from her suburban roots to the United Farm Workers movement in the fields as they organized for union elections.
Her second book, The White Sky, will be published by Stanley/Barker in September, 2020.
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First released in 2005, Finally was seminal folk cult figure Kath Bloom’s return to active musical duty, her first officially released album since 1984. Director Richard Linklater discovered Bloom’s music in the early 90s and featured her song Come Here in his 1995 film Before Sunrise.
Throughout my childhood years, growing up beneath the shadow of Mt. Diablo in the California suburb of Walnut Creek, I watched the rolling hills and valleys mushroom with tract homes and strip malls, and to me and my teenage friends, they were the blandest, saddest homes in the world.
The starkness of the landscape hurt my eyes. The low brown hills coated with dry grass, scratching my ankles, fox tails caught in my socks. I was always looking for a place to hide from the bright, white sky. The raw dirt yards and treeless streets, model homes expanding exponentially, with imperceptible variation.
Related Post: Mimi Plumb: Landfall (TBW Books, 2018) on my second blog Bilderwald.