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Michael Ormerod art prints & posters, available now at artrepublic.com

Michael Ormerod

Michael Ormerod art prints & posters, available now at artrepublic.com

"The body of work, States of America, is the photographic legacy of one of the UK's leading
photographic talents whose untimely death in 1991 ended prematurely the highly promising
career of a distinctive and powerful photographic voice.

Michael Ormerod was born in Cheshire in 1947. He lived in Newcastle, but spent many
years travelling America. Fascinated by the American image, and following in the footsteps
of Robert Frank, Ormerod took to the American West to find a washed out dream of capitalism.
His images capture a strange juxtaposition of an American beauty tainted by a hidden sense
of menace and corruption.

The photographs are understated, but show an unseen America, where the industrial heartland
is decaying, highways stand empty and towns are deserted. The subjects of Ormerod's work
are the disenfranchised, and his photographs those of the outsider. A sense of pessimism
pervades, showing how the commercial boom of the 1950s has collapsed, leaving deserted
streets, rubbish dumps and alienation. It is a land where the American Dream has turned sour.

Ormerod's book, States of America, was published shortly after he died to mark an exhibition
held at the Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London. Since then, only one major exhibition of his work has
taken place in Sheffield in 2003. A reappraisal of his powerful and uncompromising chronicle
of America is long overdue.

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