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A project which traces the shifting relationships between masculinity, myth and violence in a town eviscerated by globalization.
A project which traces the shifting relationships between masculinity, myth and violence in a town eviscerated by globalization.
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KNIVES is a project made over several years, using documentary photography to trace the shifting relationships between masculinity, myth, and violence in a rural town whose economic base remains eviscerated by globalization. 

The cutlery industry formed the economic backbone of New York’s Hudson Valley for over 150 years, when the Schrade knife factory abruptly moved production to China in 2004, leaving 500 men and women out of work. The town’s maximum security prison, Eastern Correctional Facility, became the largest employer in the area, shielded from the wider community by layers of secrecy. As businesses continued to close during the decade that followed, drug abuse, mental disorders, and rare cancers have become more widespread. 

KNIVES operates as two intertwined stories: one, a typological study of knives crafted in the region since the rise of the cutlery industry, provides connective tissue to the other, which deals in the realities of the local community, both within the prison and without. The project serves as a microcosm of the larger issues facing the United States, grappling with the effects of automation and outsourcing, cuts in services, and the rise of identity politics.

 

 

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Printing any book is a labor of love and requires skill, experience, and patience. We're partnering with NY design studio Order, makers of the much-loved MTA and NASA standards manuals, to ensure this book is something that will remain beautiful for many years.

Our intent is to have the book ready to go to press as the Kickstarter target is reached, to deliver in the fall of 2017.

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    20x30" poster

    A signed, numbered newsprint poster (edition of 150, 20x30") of a selection of 56 historical knives.

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    Black on black t-shirt

    KNIVES logo in pure black on a charcoal black shirt, for men and women, in all sizes. (Please add $15 for shipping outside the US)

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    KNIVES: The book

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    KNIVES: The book (SIGNED)

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    Special edition book + tote

    A SIGNED copy of the book and a simple, high-quality natural white cotton tote bag bearing the KNIVES logo. (Please add $25 for shipping outside the US)

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    KNIVES: Special Edition Book

    Pre-order a signed copy of the book, along with a signed 8x10" archival print of your choice. (Please add $10 for shipping outside the US)

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    KNIVES: 16x20" Edition

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    KNIVES: 24x30" Edition

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