Selected as one of the Best Books of 2013
At 17 Mike Brodie hopped his first train close to his home in Pensacola, FL thinking he would visit a friend in Mobile, AL. Instead the train went in the opposite direction to Jacksonville, FL. Days later, Brodie rode the same train home, arriving back where he started. Nonetheless, it sparked something and Brodie began to wander across the U.S. by any means that were free - walking, hitchhiking and train hopping. Shortly after, Brodie found a Polaroid camera stuffed behind a carseat. With no training in photography, the instant camera was an opening for Brodie to document his experiences.
As a way of staying in touch with his transient community, Brodie shared his pictures on various websites gaining the moniker “The Polaroid Kidd”. When the Polaroid film he used was discontinued, Brodie switched to 35mm film and a sturdy 1980’s camera. Brodie spent years crisscrossing the U.S. amassing a collection, now appreciated as one of the most impressive archives of American travel photography. When asked about his approach to travel and photography Brodie has said “sometimes I take a train the wrong way or…whatever happens a photo will come out of it, so it doesn’t really matter where I end up.”
"After spending thirty seconds with A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, all of my preconceptions dropped away. Everything about this book is perfect: the size, printing, sequence, cover image, title and essay." Alec Soth
"Expectations were high from this long overdue publication and on release, it certainly didn’t disappoint. Superbly edited by Jack Woody, Twin Palms has crafted this sincere and evocative journal of life on the road into an incredible, almost faultless photobook that will endure for many years to come." Tom Claxton
GUP (review), TIME LightBox (review), Little Brown Mushroom (review), Photo-eye blog (review), The Guardian (review), The New Yorker (interview), Le journal de la photographie (interview), A Photo Editor (review)