Trapdoor by William Keihn
William Keihn (b. 1983, Muncie, IN) is the son of a nurse and a steelworker. Through his prolific output of underground West coast rock posters and record covers he developed his non-technical aesthetic. Trapdoor is the culmination of road trips photographing rural life from 2015 through 2017. This is his first book of photography.
“I came here for answers.” The hangover morning after Trump was elected, I posted that comment on William’s Instagram. Who knew anything about what just happened and why? I scrolled the photos. Answers seemed to be right there but elusive. Just out of reach like the thing you can’t afford, handsomely advertised. Is there a river to cross? I wanted to understand. Is there a journey we can make to clarify this madness? A class divide with legs? Moonshine spike? Was the long history of the have and have-nots in this shoot ‘em up country suddenly cattywampus? I didn’t want to see the stats. I was pretty sure the smart phone was one of the big answers. But that one was very obvious. William, through his photos, might have the non-obvious answer–a harder one, a human one and one that required actual transformation… - From the Introduction by Mike Donovan
- 144 Pages
- Includes original exhibition postcard
- Introduction by Mike Donovan
- Edited by Laurel Connell & William Keihn
- Dimensions: 8" x 10"
- Published by Norfolk Press