Dupont, Georgia (population 188) Town Council, August 14, 2001
(L to R): Katherine Register, Jimmy Rawls, Mary Herndon, Jane Douglas (Clerk), Herbert Register (Mayor)
Archival ink jet print
9 x 24 on 12 x 28 inch paper
Signed Edition of 50
(American, b. 1956)
In his Meetings series (1999-2003), Paul Shambroom investigates face-to-face gatherings of small municipal government and community groups. To create this series, he compiled a database of over 15,000 dates, times, and locations in small towns and communities throughout the United States and traveled to over 150 meetings over the course of several years. As a report on the microcosms of democracy, Shambroom’s Meetings explore the realm of local government, presenting regular people affecting change on their communities. Ultimately these photographs illustrate that in our highly automated and technocratic society, individuals and small groups still play a critical role by making decisions within the seemingly “anonymous” power superstructure.
Paul Shambroom was born in Teaneck, New Jersey and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 1978. His photographs have been the subject of several solo exhibitions including presentations at the Walker Art Center and Franklin ArtWorks in Minneapolis. His work has been exhibited at and is in the collections of numerous institutions, including the Whitney Museum of American Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, amongst others. He has received grants and fellowships from the Creative Capital Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, and the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Shambroom lives and works in Minneapolis/St. Paul.