Circus: The Photographs of Frederick W. Glasier
Circus: Photographs of Frederick W. Glasier offers a glimpse into the most dynamic period of the American circus through the rarely seen photographs of Frederick W. Glasier (1866-1950).
At the turn of the 20th century in America, the circus was an unmatched social spectacle. Large circus companies were like mobile cities, requiring an enormous staff to install and break down operations every few days. At their peak, circus companies toured more than 150 cities and towns each year, playing to more than two million people over a seven month season. Circus highlights the rediscovered work of Frederick W. Glasier, who photographed the circus and served as the official photographer for the Barnum & Bailey Circus on-and-off for three decades. Glasier’s unrestricted access to both grand performances and backstage life allowed him to explore the public and private personalities of some of the greatest entertainers of the era.
Drawn from the collections of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, this handsome book features over 70 photos, exquisitely reproduced from the collection of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.
Peter Kayafas, Luc Sante and Deborah W. Walk, Hardcover 165 pages