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Final Fire – Michael Mitchell

Toronto. Michael Mitchel spoke to the PHSC twice, each time on his experience with the cabinet cards of Charles Eisenmann and his current descendants. He is an author and a photographer. His latest book, Final Fire, is published by a small Toronto house, ECW Press, publishers of his second book on the Eisenmann Monsters.

This promotional blurb is on the ECW Website, “See the world through a photographer’s eyes.

Final Fire is a companion piece to Mitchell’s much-praised 2004 memoir, The Molly Fire, a finalist for both the Writers’ Trust Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Non-fiction, and a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year.”Nearly a half century ago, Mitchell abandoned a safe and secure academic career to become a “cowboy” with a camera and a keyboard.

“While he has always kept one foot planted firmly in the arts, as a working photographer his search for adventure took him through the Americas, into the High Arctic, across Europe, on to the Middle East, India, and the Far East. He photographed famous athletes, musicians, actors, politicians, revolutionaries, and more than a few criminals. The sum of these scary, strange, heartrending, and funny episodes is one man’s prescription for how to live in a bizarre and, best of all, never boring world.

“It is also a book about loss. Mitchell reflects on the invention of photography and its transformative effect on world culture and pays tribute to fellow photographers who led remarkable and frequently obsessive lives.

“Available May 14, 2019. PRE-ORDER NOW!”

The title of this post is from a song by David Byrne and the Talking Heads.

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