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Killing Time

HERE IS A LITTLE VOLUME of photographs by Joe Steinmetz of people doing not much in particular very well. A gentle look at so much fun makes one envious for the blissful hours that ticked away on these subjects’ unattended clocks; idle moneyed time slips away into more idle moneyed time. Everyone is smiling here, everyone is consuming things that look handsome or delicious; without exception, these are images of people who have reached a social plateau where the contented eating of hours is an inherent part of the life style.

Divided into two sections, those photographs in the Northeastern United States in the ’30s and ’40s and those taken in Florida from the early ’40s through the mid-’70s, this collection tells the story of an America at ease. Thoughts of the population explosion, Pearl Harbor, D Day, or the vanishing of foreign empires are simply not apparent. In the earlier set of work

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