Conventional Wisdom by Arthur Drooker

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Best Photography Books of Fall 2016  AmericanPhoto
  • "In sameness there is wackiness. Over three years Arthur Drooker trekked around the U.S. to document extreme enthusiasts and true believers at conventions and trade shows, from ventriloquist gatherings to clown conclaves to bondage festivities. What seems amusing or bizarre to the uninitiated is comfort for cultists."

Arthur Drooker, Conventional Wisdom L'Oeil de la Photographie

  • "Conventional Wisdom proves that regardless of what they’re about, where they’re held, or who attends them, all conventions satisfy a basic human urge: a longing to belong. Those who share similar interests, even obsessions, come together to be themselves, while forging new relationships and joining a larger community."

"Lincolns, mermaids, and furries: the world of conventions" BBC News 

  • "Why do people participate in unusual gatherings of Santa Clauses and furry cartoon characters? Arthur Drooker has travelled to meeting halls around the United States to photograph people who share the same obsessions. He says it's all about the need to belong. His photos are in a new book, Conventional Wisdom, published by Glitterati."

From furries to Abraham Lincolns: See inside the weird and wonderful world of conventions you never knew existed Daily Mirror

  • "From mermaids and mermen to furries, from Santas to fetishists, this offers hobbyists a platform to share their fandom with hundreds of like-minded individuals - and, thanks to American photographer Arthur Drooker , with us. Snapper Drooker's travelled across the US to ten of the quirkiest conventions he can find and chronicled the results in his new book, Conventional Wisdom."

Inside the Wild World of Odd Conventions PDN Photo of the Day

Arthur Drooker: Conventional Wisdom Lenscratch

  • Photographer Arthur Drooker has been a long time observer of these cultures and has just released a new book,Conventional Wisdom, published by Glitterati, that celebrates the odd, the original, and the outrageous.

"Bronies, mermaids and antromorphics: America's countless conventions in pictures" The Guardian

  • There are more than a million conventions every year across the US, where likeminded people gather to share their passion for subjects as varied as varied as clowns, Abe Lincoln and taxidermy. Arthur Drooker is a longtime observer of these annual gatherings, and has released a new book, Conventional Wisdom, published by Glitterati.

"Book review: Conventional Wisdom by Arthur Drooker" F-Stop. 

  •  Conventional Wisdom proves that regardless of what they’re about, where they’re held, or who attends them, all conventions satisfy a basic human urge: a longing to belong. Those who share similar interests, even obsessions, come together to be themselves, while forging new relationships and joining a larger community.

"Lincolns, mermaids, and furries: the world of conventions" BBC World Update

Why do people participate in unusual gatherings of Santa Clauses and furry cartoon characters? Arthur Drooker has travelled to meeting halls around the United States to photograph people who share the same obsessions. He says it's all about the need to belong. His photos are in a new book, Conventional Wisdom, published by Glitterati.

Weihnachtsmänner und Meerjungfrauen: Die schrägsten Conventions STERN

Las más extravagantes e insólitas convenciones de los EE UU 20 munitos 

"Picture special: No laughing at the back" The (London) Sunday Times

"Photos of America's Quirkest Conventions Bring Out Your Inner Freak" The Huffington Post

"Behind the Scenes At America's Wildest Fan Conventions" FastCo.Design

"America's Strangest Conventions" AmusingPlanet 

"Arthur Drooker's "Conventional Wisdom" Book: After years of photographing obscure and fascinating conventions, a comprehensive visual tome" Cool Hunting

"Photos of Merfest, BronyCon, and Other Delightfully Quirky American Conventions" Behold

"Fall 2016 Adult Announcements: Art, Architecture & Photograph: Top 10" Publisher's Weekly 

"photographing my little pony and mermaid subcultures at america's fan conventions" i-D