Photographer Hunter Barnes captures the weird and wonderful American travelling circus

Tickets: Photographs by Hunter Barnes

"For years I’ve travelled with my cameras capturing moments in time with the people the road has led me to... A glimpse into parallel worlds travelling in circular motions." These are the words of Hunter Barnes, one of the foremost documentary photographers working in America today, concentrating on communities and aspects of American culture often ignored by the mainstream.

This October, Reel Art Press will present Tickets, Hunter’s photographic account of the American travelling carnival, a vibrant community most had thought lost half a century ago. "A band of nomads. Roaming in open fairgrounds, spinning with colour and sound..."

Tickets documents Hunter’s time on the road with the World of Wonders Sideshow, capturing the people and places of the travelling circus’s grittier sibling. The sword swallowers, fire eaters and tattooed ladies are all here, defiant and exuberant, captured in striking portraits.

The book, Tickets by Hunter Barnes is published by Reel Art Press, and an accompanying exhibition will run at New York's Milk Gallery from 3 November until 3 December 2017. For more information, visit themilkgallery.com.

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Tickets: Photographs by Hunter Barnes

Tickets: Photographs by Hunter Barnes

Tickets: Photographs by Hunter Barnes

Tickets: Photographs by Hunter Barnes

Tickets: Photographs by Hunter Barnes

Tickets: Photographs by Hunter Barnes

Tickets: Photographs by Hunter Barnes

Tickets: Photographs by Hunter Barnes

Tickets: Photographs by Hunter Barnes

Tickets: Photographs by Hunter Barnes

Tickets: Photographs by Hunter Barnes

Tickets: Photographs by Hunter Barnes

Tickets: Photographs by Hunter Barnes

Tickets: Photographs by Hunter Barnes

Tickets: Photographs by Hunter Barnes

Tickets: Photographs by Hunter Barnes