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Scenes from a Childhood : Book by Michael Massaia

Scenes from a Childhood : Book by Michael Massaia

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Scenes from a Childhood, the debut book by photographer Michael Massaia, is a collection of images revealing symbols of childhood joy and adventure through the nostalgic longing of adulthood. Massaia’s captivatingly beautiful photographs are whimsical while edifying subjects that are disappearing, some quite literally, from childhood today. Scenes from a Childhood includes four of Massaia’s photographic series: Afterlife, documenting vacant amusements of the Jersey Shore and what remained following Hurricane Sandy; Saudade, portraits of pinball machines at New Jersey’s last remaining arcades; Quiet Now, still lifes with Fourth of July fireworks; and Transmogrify, abstractions of melting ice cream pops. With each of the series, Massaia asks viewers to recall the magic of our own youth and ponder how it shaped us as adults.


  • ISBN: 978-0-9973826-3-1
  • Designer: Phil Unetic, Unetic Design
  • Texts by Tom Gramegna and Julie Grahame
  • 10 1/2″ x 12 1/2″
  • Casebound, cloth with dust jacket
  • 96 pages
  • 73 photo plates
  • All photos printed in full color or Quadtone with 400 line hybrid screening.
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Michael Massaia, American, b. 1978, A master of the traditional gelatin silver printing process, self-taught photographer Michael Massaia creates exquisitely luminous black-and-white images of the city in moments of quietude. An insomniac, Massaia began taking large-format photographs on long, night time walks around his native New Jersey and became fascinated by the ghostly quality of metropolitan spaces devoid of people, leading him to build up a body of work that explores public places at night, as their patrons sleep.