The Unchosen Ones

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The Unchosen Ones

By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | August 30, 2021

This is a fabulous State Fair-related fine press book by R.J Kern, "The Unchosen Ones." The MNHS Library hold copy number one of 200.
"The Unchosen Ones takes place on the sidelines of Minnesota county fair animal contests. These county fairs lead up to the Minnesota State Fair, one of the largest and best-attended expositions in the world. The project consists of over 65 portraits made at 10 Minnesota county fairs in 2016. The photographs showcase the subject facing the camera, allowing the viewer to decide what connects and distinguishes these subjects. With a serial and systematic approach, the human condition is exposed in real-time."