Wisconsin Historical Society Press
For Love and Money: Portraits of Wisconsin Family Businesses
By Carl Corey
128 pages, 75 color photos, 9. x 9 Foreword by Michael Perry Introduction by Graeme Reid Available as E-Book EditionBuy
In his follow-up to Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars, Carl Corey turns his camera on Wisconsin family-owned businesses in existence fifty years or longer. The businesses portrayed here--bakeries and barbecue joints, funeral homes and furniture builders, cheesemakers, fishermen, ferry boat drivers--have survived against all the odds, weathering tough economic times and big-business competition. The owners are loyal to their employees, their families, and themselves. And they are integral to their local economies and social fabric. The services and goods they provide are usually for neighbors and friends. Generations serve generations, creating lasting relationships and strong, vibrant neighborhoods and rural communities.
In For Love and Money, Carl Corey provides indelible glimpses of an increasingly endangered way of life. The Museum of Wisconsin Art's Graeme Reid has said, "As current and future generations come and go, these pictures will survive in the hands of the subjects, collectors, museums, and galleries. Will the businesses featured enjoy a similar longevity? Only time will tell, and we can only watch and hope, but Carl Corey has ensured that they will not be forgotten."
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Carl Corey has been interested in photography since he was a kid and majored in the subject during high school 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 and moved back to Wisconsin after twenty-five years to focus on his roots: documentary photography. His work is exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, as well in numerous private and public collections. He 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 is the author/photographer of Tavern League: Portraits of Wisconsin Bars.
"Simply put, Carl Corey takes important pictures. While all these are Wisconsin pictures, they are equally American pictures. For viewers of this book, the familiarity of a local business—maybe even one within their own family—will strike a chord, prompting reflections, appreciation, or perhaps a sense of wistful loss over what has been slowly vanishing from the fabric of American commercial life." -Graham Reid, Museum of Wisconsin Art
"An unforgettable glimpse of the heart and soul of entrepreneurs who persevere against economic hardship and tough competition, 'For Love and Money' is a treasury. Highly recommended" -James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review
National Indie Excellence Awards
Winner in the Photography Category