Lisa Kereszi - Joe’s Junk Yard
Fabulous book by Lisa Kereszi documenting the family business: Joe's Junk Yard.
1st edition published by Damiani, 2012
Condition: Very Good. Some minor shelf wear.
"Joe's Junk Yard is a personal narrative, spanning fifty years and three genera- tions, that explores the achievement and subsequent demise of the Ameri- can Dream. Kereszi's grandfather, a first-generation American and boxer- turned-junkman, built an empire of used cars and scrap metal during the 1950's boom times, only to be slowly, but consistently, foiled by a series of events, some outside of his control. Kereszi's disquieting, loving photo- graphs of the last decade of the busi- ness, along with business ephemera and family scrapbook photographs, tell the story of this family and its strug- gles with a changing economy, urban decline, family feuds, tragic and un- timely deaths, and the challenges of an independent business. The family and the junkyard also represent larger themes that exist in our culture and economy today. In this photographic series, begun before she pursued formal studies in photography and continued during her years at Bard College and at Yale Uni- versity, Kereszi shows that loss is frequently found in the landscape of the junk- yard, alongside a wealth of useful objects - every possible part for any mechanical function. "