"One of the frequent complaints about contemporary photography, especially on the internet, is that we're flooded with a constant stream of images, most of which don't deserve our attention. While that complaint certainly has merit, I think the benefits of this stream of photographs outweighs the challenges it presents. If it weren't for this stream of photographs, many of us would never have seen Don Hudson's archives. Or Vivian Maier's archives, or the archives of all those other photographers out there who have spent years documenting their cities, towns, communities and families.
I discovered Don's work on Flickr. I can't remember when exactly, or how really, but somehow his work made it into my daily stream of images. It's interesting how we choose to construct our streams on the internet? For years, I spent most of my time looking at images on the web. The bad far outweighed the good, but when you find your way to the archives of someone like Don Hudson, then the web becomes magical and you realize there's a whole new universe of photography to explore...... Where does work like Don's fit in the great history of photography? I'm not sure and I'm not sure you'd find any consensus amongst experts. It's mostly a state of perpetual confusion these days.
Don has spent years documenting his community of South Lyon, Michigan which is a suburb of Detroit. The majority of the photographs were made from the early 1970s to the mid 1980s. From Don's perspective life in Middle America is rather leisurely. You spend your free time going to parades, the friday night football game, fairs, carnivals, rodeos and the family vacation. Through Don's wry wit and freewheeling compositions these events and moments come alive in a way that illuminates life's absurd little moments. ..." Bryan Formhals