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Faeries: Visions, Voices and Pretty Dresses Hardcover – June 30, 2000

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"Keri Pickett's work is an astounding and deeply observed testament to the healing power of men loving men. Her images are as strong and true as a summer's day. Faeries is a book about possibility, not predicament; a lovely invitation for everyone to stake a claim on whimsy, wonder, and simply being themselves."--Mark Thompson, author of Gay Spirit, Gay Body, and Gay Soul trilogy

"Keri Pickett's photographs aren't from a distant voyeuristic perspective--hers is the eye of a member of the family who reveals the sacred life of her dear subjects. This book is a documentation of a modern day Midsummer Night's Dream."--Amy Ray, Indigo Girls

"Pickett's photographs of men in skirts, in the buff or in flower wreaths are gentle and dignified.... There's a timelessness to the light, to the naked beautiful bodies, to the storybook costumes."--Duluth News-Tribune

"This collection of photographs and voices spins a tale of heart circles, rituals and trees, the cookhouse and cabin, the lake, river and lots of beautiful faerie nymphs who really know how to dress for dinner. The images and voices illuminate a place where people dare to explore a way of being for which the mainstream has no room."--Keri Pickett

About the Author

Keri Pickett was born in Charleston, South Carolina on June 4, 1959. She is a widely exhibited photographer who has published extensively in American Photo, the Village Voice, People, Life, Geo, the New York Times Magazine, and the Utne Reader, among others. Her previous book, Love in the 90s: B.B. and Jo, The Story of a Lifelong Love, A Granddaughter's Portrait (Warner Books, 1995), had a first printing of 150,000 copies. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships, including three McKnight Foundation Photography Fellowships, a National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowship, a Bush Foundation Fellowship, and support from the Jerome Foundation. Pickett is currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and visits the northern woods of Kawashaway at least once annually for a faerie recharge.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture; 1 edition (June 30, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893818968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893818968
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 9.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,891,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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When I turned 40 last year, I asked my friends and family not to give me gifts. My friend Martha gave me a gift anyway, the book _Faeries: Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses_. I had recently told her that I had started to identify as a faerie, and she had seen this new photo book in a bookstore. If you had a chance to see it, you would understand why she had to pick it up. It's a beautiful book, starting with the cover photo of two faeries holding hands in a larger circle of faeries, and continuing throughout.
I was totally enchanted with the book, spent all my free time for a couple of weeks looking at the photos and reading the interviews. I had that experience of finding my lost tribe. In the year and a half since then I've met a lot of the faeries pictured in the book. I've visited the wolf creek faerie sanctuary in Oregon twice. This summer I might go to Kawashaway with my friend Heron (check out p. 70 -- I like your look better with short hair, honey!).
When I tell people I'm a faerie and they ask me what that means, I show them this book. They get it in a way I could never convey in my words alone.
If you're interested in beautiful documentary photography, life stories and personal philosophies, the nuts and bolts of creating and nurturing an alternative community, and expanding your vision of what it means to be human on this planet at this point in history, I would encourage you to get this book. If you're a faerie I would insist, honey!
I heard recently that Keri Pickett has been working on a book about faeries in the northwest US. I can hardly wait!
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Keri Pickett's fascinating book "Faeries-Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses" includes photos, interviews and poetry about the self proclaimed "radical faeries" who go to an adult summer camp called Kawashaway in the woods of Minnesota. Pickett,the photographer and interviewer, has captured these mostly gay men in their intimacy as they frolic in the nude and in their 'pretty dresses' against the backdrop of trees and streams. Her aesthetic photos produce a desire to know more of these people whose joy in their individuality is so evident.This desire is fulfilled with the conversations Pickett had with the subjects of her marvelous photos and in the poetry by James Broughton which is encluded in the book. The trust the 'faeries' have in Pickett, who is not gay, is so evident in her elegant black and white photos as she captures a group of individuals who search for a place in a society the frequently denigrates their lifestyle. At Kawashaway they have found family, acceptance,and a support network that they discuss in the interviews which reveal them to be more like us than different from us. The often humorous photos tell us a lot about this community where people pursue self-discovery & personal growth. The conversatiions enlighten us as they tell of the process of coming out, their search for safety, freindship, and even spiritual meaning in their lives. The reader of the book may be surprised at his reaction to this interesting community of "radical faeries'. I found the photos to be breathtaking, the conversations probing and together they are very revealing. I do wish the conversations could have been placed (at least in the beginning) closer to a picture of the individual but that may be nitpicking.
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Minnesota's ''radical faeries'' celebrated in new photo book
For the guys at Kawashaway Sanctuary in northern Minnesota, wearing a flounced skirt while splitting wood is more about freedom and options than about drag or some not-very-suppressed desire to be a woman. Ditto going nude, wearing nail polish, posing with a parasol or lunching on the lawn in lingerie and high-topped tennis shoes. Anyone who first meets the Kawashaway guys in Keri Pickett's beautiful, big-hearted new book "Faeries: Visions, Voices & Pretty Dresses," is just going to have to deal with the clothes - and lack thereof. The costumes are deliciously fun in a campy and surprisingly natural way, but the book's larger vision quickly sweeps you up in its festive celebration of a free-spirited community. "The selection of photographs is really stunning," said Cynthia Gehrig, president of the Jerome Foundation, which contributed US$17,000 toward the book's publication by Aperture, a nonprofit New York foundation and prestigious photography publisher. SANCTUARY FOR 'FAERIE' SOULS Pickett, a Minneapolis photographer, has spent the past six years photographing summer gatherings at Kawashaway, a rustic 17-acre retreat founded in 1989 and collectively run by gay men. With little more than a cabin, a cook house, a pump and tent sites in a wilderness of trees, marsh and wild rivers, Kawashaway is an environmental haven as well as a sanctuary for "faerie souls." Most Kawashaway visitors are men who identify themselves as "radical faeries," a phrase they define variously as "a gay men's spiritual movement," "a community of trust, based on unconditional love and acceptance," and "boy children who failed the state masculinity tests.
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