Petra Arnold
Beyond Starlight

Author(s)

Petra Arnold

Design

Alexander Münch

Cover

Clothbound hardcover in slipcase

Size

20 x 26,5 cm

Pages

160

Illustrations

150

Language(s)

German, English

ISBN

978-3-96912-001-9

The Fischer Family of Circus Artists: A Photographic Long-term Observation

For more than a decade, the photographer Petra Arnold has shadowed the Zirkus Starlight troupe and the Fischers, a family of performers, taking analog photographs, mostly black-and-white, of their life behind the scenes. When she began the project, the Fischers were a large family, with thirty grandchildren. Over time, the company has had to downsize – the business environment is difficult, and few people can make a living as circus artists these days. Arnold’s photographs peek behind the curtain for a study of an existence between circus family and family circus – mostly outside the limelight. The portraits and unstaged scenes are documents of contemporary history and draw attention to the steady decline of circus culture.

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