Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Death Trip

Images from the set Wisconsin Death Trip, courtesy of the Wisconsin Historical Society. 

These images are part of a collection of over 6,000 glass plate negatives created by Charles J. Van Schaick. Van Schaick learned the art of photography after moving to Jackson County, Wisconsin. In 1885, he opened a studio in Black River Falls, Wisconsin and served as the town photographer for over 50 years. His work includes both studio portraits and richly varied and intimate snapshots of small-town, Wisconsin life. A portion of his photographic work is represented in Wisconsin Death Trip by Michael Lesy.


  1. Wisconsin Death Trip is hands down my favorite book, ever. Beautiful, provocative, disturbing... Great stuff.

  2. nice stuff ...
    you should visit TORAJA, South Celebes, for the greatest Land Of The Heavenly Kings (my hometown). You can captured the greatest burial ceremony in the world.