BOOKS IN PORTLAND
AMPERSAND GALLERY AND BOOKSHOP
While in Portland this summer, I had a chance to visit Myles Haselhorst's airy and open space. Old and new books mix nicely with vintage bird prints, found photos and visually arresting documents of neglected history, creating a pocket-sized "retail archive" of pre-computer age visual culture.
In Haselhorst's own words:
"We believe that a collection of photographs, slides or photo postcards, deliberately selected & organized, provides a complex account of the visual language of everyday life.The same is true of the transient & often incidental paper items that filtered through the hands of people now gone. Old letters, pamphlets, broadsides, menus, identification cards, invoices, advertisements & postcards (the list goes on & on) convey the little details of human routines that often get lost in broader studies of history."
All this history actually makes for a very current shop, which also provides a look at the future through gallery exhibits and hard-to-find monographs of contemporary photographers. Thanks to Alisha Henson for pointing me there.