The County Fair

A carnival barker at the Lake County Fair.

All over the country, summer is the time for county fairs.  It’s an opportunity for our mostly urban society to get a taste of our more rural roots.  It’s also a great opportunity for photographers, whether your interest is in people, entertainment, sports, animals, or flowers, the county fair offers it all!

A young boy watches the horsemanship at the fair.

I usually try to make it to the fair just to photograph people.  You can see them interacting with vendors, petting animals, listening to music, watching harness racing and demolition derbies, or racing their trotters.  It’s a smorgasbord of photo taking opportunities

A harness racer takes the turn.


About Kolman Rosenberg

My interest in photography began as a college newspaper and yearbook photographer during the stormy 1960s and 1970s. I was influenced by many of the great photojournalists and documentary photographers such as W. Eugene Smith, Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, Gordon Parks, Margaret Bourke-White and other black and white photographers of Life Magazine and the earlier Farm Security Administration. Though many of these photographers documented the horrors of war and the plight of poverty, they also showed me the dignity and adaptability of human beings in their desire to prevail.
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