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'Tavern League' Wins National Design Award


An image from Club 53 in Avery, Wisconsin, from "Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars"

The Wisconsin Historical Society Press is proud to announce that "Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars" by Carl Corey won Gold in the Photography Book category from PubWest Book Design Awards. The PubWest Design Awards were developed to recognize superior design and outstanding production quality of books. It allows all of us to see trends that are coming into the publishing world, and it gives those in the design and production areas an opportunity to see what their peers are doing.

A Sociological Snapshot of Wisconsin's Taverns

An image of bartender, Marty, at the Chippewa Club in Durand from the photography book, "Tavern League"

A stunningly evocative collection of documentary pictures, 'Tavern League' serves as a sociological snapshot. The 60 pictures collected here are awash with a sense of place — the feel of a gritty floor as a bar stool is pushed back and the ease of sinking into a dimly lit womb of good company and cold beer. Supernaturally vivid colors intertwine with distinctly average vignettes to reveal the magical, and fleeting, quality of these singular places and the people who love them. The Wisconsin tavern presented here is an important segment of the Wisconsin community — one whose evolution, and even continued existence, stands in question in a young 21st century.

About the Author

Carl Corey has been interested in photography since he was a child growing up in Chicago. He has worked as an advertising still photographer and director and cameraman for advertising projects in Chicago and Los Angeles. He retired from the advertising business after 25 years and moved to Wisconsin to focus on documentary photography. His work is exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, as well as in numerous private and public collections. Corey has won more than 100 photography awards from such groups and publications as the New York Art Directors Club, Communication Arts, Bessies, Addys and Gold Lions. He lives in Hudson.

:: Posted April 23, 2012

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