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Spotlight: Michael O’Brien’s Trick-Or-Treaters

By jason - up to 2007 (archived) • Nov 1st, 2007 • Category: Loose Ends, News for Creatives (archives), Photography

from pdnonline.com:

“Back in 1998, photographer Michael O’Brien began taking portraits of his children when they dressed up for Halloween. One he had set up a makeshift studio in his garage, he decided to invite some trick-or-treaters from his neighborhood in Austin, Texas, to pose as well. “It was the first time I tried playing around with Polaroid 55 in a 4×5 view camera,” recalls O’Brien, who has shot for National Geographic, Texas Monthly, ESPN and other magazines. “It was the right medium for the subject matter.”

He continued shooting portraits every Halloween for the next four years. When his kids outgrew trick-or-treating, he set the pictures aside. They sat untouched until this year. That’s when O’Brien got the idea to ask each of his subjects – most of whom still live in the neighborhood – to look at the old pictures and share their recollections about that night, what they wore, and how they chose their costume. O’Brien’s wife, Elizabeth, a writer, compiled their thoughts and edited into short essays that accompany the photos.

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